Militants from extremist group Boko Haram attacked several Nigerian towns, torching houses and fatally shooting those who fled before reportedly beheading some of the bodies with chainsaws.
The string of terror attacks comes amid the presidential vote.
At least 25 people were killed and more than 30 injured in the village of Buratai in Borno state, local officials confirmed.
Surviving witnesses described gruesome scenes of murder, saying that not only did the extremists set homes on fire and shoot those trying to escape, but also decapitated the bodies.
Local politician Ibrahim Adamu, who fled the scene, told CNN that Boko Haram â€œslaughtered their victims like rams and decapitated them,â€ adding that â€œthey burned a large part of the village and we are afraid some residents were burnt in the homes because most people had gone to bed when the gunmen struck.â€
Meanwhile, at least 14 people were killed in separate attacks by the radical Islamist group in the towns of Biri and Dukku, located in Gombe state. The victims included a legislator, AP reported.
Featured Photo: An old woman casts her vote in Nigeria elections. Exit polls show incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan is trailing opposition candidate andÂ formerÂ President Gen. Buhari of All Peoples Congress.