SUSPECTED militant Islamists have killed at least 30 people and abducted women and children in a raid in Borno State.
Most of the victims were travellers who were burnt to death while sleeping in their vehicles during an overnight stop.
The attack, suspected to have been carried out by Islamist group Boko Haram, took place in Auno town.
About 35,000 people have been killed since 2009 when Boko Haram and its offshoots waged a brutal insurgency in Nigeria.
More than two million have been left homeless and hundreds have been abducted in the conflict.
The Federal Government has repeatedly said that the militants have been defeated, but attacks continue.
The militants came in trucks mounted with heavy weapons, before killing, burning, and looting, according to state government spokesman Ahmad Abdurrahman Bundi.
The assailants “killed not less than 30 people who are mostly motorists and destroyed 18 vehicles,” the governor’s office said in a statement.
It also confirmed the abduction of women and children, but did not give a number.