An attack this weekend by suspected Boko Haram fighters on a funeral in the northeastern state of Borno, Nigeria, has left at least 65 people dead, almost three times the initial toll.
Dozens more bodies were discovered following the assault on Saturday by gunmen on a village close to the regional capital Maiduguri.
Bulama said he thought the attack was in retaliation for the killing two weeks ago of 11 Boko Haram fighters by residents when the fighters approached their village.
A security source said the militants stormed the village on motorbikes and in vans. They also attacked another village, with unknown casualties, the source said.
Nigeria’s military declined to comment.