At least 20 people have been killed in a suspected Boko Haram attack in northeast Nigeria, officials and witnesses have said.

The attack happened in the village of Azaya Kura in the Mafa area of Borno state on Wednesday, the caretaker chairman of Mafa local government area, Shettima Lawan said, calling the attack "wicked and despicable".

Mafa, which is about 50km east by road from the Borno state capital, Maiduguri, has been repeatedly attacked by the armed group.

In the attack, heavily armed fighters arrived on motorcycles at about 12:00 pm (1100 GMT) as villagers were at work.

Fifty people were reported by AFP news agency to have been injured in the attack..

.

Source: Agencies