MAIDUGURI - Suspected Islamist fighters killed at least 90 people in an attack on a village in remote northeast Nigeria on Sunday, witnesses said.

The gunmen surrounded the village of Izge, near the border with Cameroon, spraying it with bullets and burning down dozens of houses, they said.“As I am talking to you now, all the dead bodies of the victims are still lying in the streets,” resident Abubakar Usman told Reuters by telephone.

Talking to AFP, a Nigerian official said Boko Haram militants were suspected of involvement in the attack.

“They killed many, many people in the attack late Saturday. From the latest information I have gathered, more than 60 people have been killed,” local government official Maina Ularamu told AFP.

A local farmer who escaped by scaling the fence of his house and crawling on his belly for 40 minutes said the attackers had gone door-to-door looking for those hiding in their houses.

“The attackers came around 9:30 pm in six trucks and some motorcycles. They were dressed in military uniform,” Barnabas Idi told AFP by phone.

“They asked men to assemble at a place, and began hacking and slaughtering them.”

There were no security forces in the town at the time of the attack, he said.

“We suspect that the gunmen were members of Boko Haram. They have taken over the village,” said Ularamu, chairman of the local government in the state capital Maiduguri.

“They looted businesses and food stores and loaded all their spoils into vehicles owned by residents and fled into the bush,” said Ularamu, who was speaking from Abuja.

The official, who was preparing to return to Maiduguri to deal with the fallout, said details of the attack had yet to be verified.

Hundreds of villagers in Borno had already fled to Maiduguri after Boko Haram militants last week killed 43 people in two separate attacks.