Madagali is the council headquarters of Gulak, a town bordering Borno State which had suffered series of deadly boko Haram attacks that led to the sacking of the whole people of the area.
Another source in the area, Ibrahim Abu, said as soon as the villagers sighted the fleeing insurgents trooping into their villages in their hundreds on Saturday, they fled the village to safer places.
However, Borno State Police Commissioner, Mr. Opadokun Aderemi, said only nine people were killed, while 10 others were seriously injured. I counted 20 corpses; some were slaughtered, while others had gunshot wounds.
Fleeing members of the terrorist sect, Boko Haram, have destroyed over 60 houses and valuable property in three Adamawa State villages, a local hunter told our correspondent on the telephone. The village is not far from Alau Dam that supplies water to Maiduguri and its environs.
Opadokun said security had already been beefed up in the village and that investigation into the incident had begun.
The Boko Haram insurgency in northern Nigeria has caused the death of about 20,000 people since it started in 2009; although the Nigerian military has recently had lots of successes against the insurgents including retaking lost territory.