At least 25 people were killed and more than 30 injured in the village of Buratai in Borno state in Nigeria when militants from extremist group Boko Haram launched terror attacks on several Nigerian towns in events that included beheading with chainsaws.
In the attacks that came amid the presidential vote, Boko Haram torched houses, shooting those who fled before reportedly beheading some of the bodies with chainsaws.
The attacks came after the Nigerian military announced Friday that it had cleared all major centers in the northeast from militants.
Boko Haram had vowed to derail the presidential vote which was scheduled to kick off Saturday.
The elections had been delayed due to an increase in violence in the country, where 20 regions were controlled by Boko Haram extremists at the beginning of the year.
Millions took to polling stations on Saturday in Africa’s most populous nation to vote in a closely contested election, with two of the 14 candidates, President Goodluck Jonathan and former military dictator Muhammadu Buhari, being the frontrunners.