LAMINA, Niger, June 18 (UPI) -- At least 38 people died Wednesday when suspected Boko Haram militants raided two villages in Niger's southeastern Diffa region, officials said.
Local member of parliament Bulu Mammadu told BBC mostly women and children had been shot to death in the villages of Ungumawo and Lamina. Parts of the community were also burned by the attackers.
"The attackers opened fire on the villages and set homes ablaze, burning women and children alive in their homes," he said.
At least 28 of the deaths took place in Lamina.
"I lost my entire family of seven including my wife, mother and five children who were burned alive inside my house by the attackers," Lamina resident Malam Abba told CNN.
The attacks in Niger came less than a week after a suicide attack in neighboring Chad killed two dozen people. Chadian forces responded by launching a counterattack against six Boko Haram bases in Nigeria.