The town is just 10km from Chibok, where over 200 female students were kidnapped in April 2014.
An official of the Vigilante Group in Borno, Abbas Gava, said: “As I am speaking to you now the gunmen are setting every house on fire after chasing the villagers away.”
“From the information we have received from our operatives in Chibok and Kautikari, the number of casualty cannot be ascertained for now because the Boko Haram insurgents are still in the village”.
They were said to have started the opetation around 6:30pm on Monday. According to PT, they shot sporadically, forcing many residents to flee into surrounding bushes.