1st LD: Gunmen on rampage in northern Nigeria village, casualties feared
ABUJA, July 14 (Xinhua) -- Casualties were feared on Monday morning when gunmen went on rampage in a village in northeastern Nigeria's state of Borno, residents and other sources said.
Residents told Xinhua by phone that the gunmen stormed Ville, a small remote village in a Christian-dominated area in the southern part of Borno, shooting sporadically.
The attackers, who drove to the area in three vehicles, disguised as traders, according to Jonas Musa, a resident who survived the attack.
"We thought they were traders going to Lassa Market near Ville but they suddenly started shooting after they alighted from their vehicles," said Musa, who noted palpable tension was still in the area as survivors feared there might be more attacks.
Sources told Xinhua that security operatives had been dispatched to the village. A security source who spoke on condition of anonymity said at least 25 people were killed, including five residents and 20 insurgents.
"There are fears of more casualties," added the source.
It is unclear if the attack was a perpetration of Boko Haram, a sect which has been proven to be a major security threat in Nigeria, Africa's most populous country.