Twenty- six people were killed in Nigeria’ s northeastern Borno state by attackers on horseback believed to be rebels of the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram, witnesses said.

Ali Abdulqasim said his home village of Kolori and the neighboring village of Baana-imam were attacked late Tuesday.

"I ran and hid atop a mango tree outside our village, from where I watched secretly how they chased the scampering villagers and shoot at them," Abdulqasim said Wednesday.