Some 85 Nigerian villagers abducted earlier this week by Boko Haram militants have been reportedly rescued by soldiers from Chad.
According to a BBC report, a Nigerian security official told AFP that they had intercepted a convoy of buses transporting gunmen and the villagers in a routine security check.
Neither the Nigerian or Chadian military authorities have confirmed the reports.
Dozens of men, women and children were seized from the remote fishing village of Doron Bag by boat across Lake Chad on Sunday.
Eyewitnesses said 26 people were killed in the raid.
A senior Nigerian security official told the Agence France-Presse news agency on Saturday that 85 people abducted in the attack were had been found by Chadian troops.
“The convoy being led by six Boko Haram gunmen was stopped on the Chadian part of the border along Lake Chad for routine checks and the huge number of people in the convoy raised suspicion,” the unnamed official said.
The six suspects were giving conflicting information on the hostages and their destination, he added.
Another official with the National Human Rights Commission in Maiduguri said some militants had escaped on speedboats when they saw the convoy being stopped.
He said the rescued villagers, totalling 65 men and 22 women, were still in Chadian custody but that 30 more people were still being held by the militants.
News of the raid on Doron Bag took days to emerge, due to the remote region’s poor communication links.
The militants burned down some of the houses in the village, and took mainly women and some boys and girls, a village elder told the BBC.
Other survivors said young men were also taken possibly to be turned into Boko Haram fighters.