Reports from north-east Nigeria say suspected Boko Haram insurgents killed at least nine people when they raided two villages in Borno state, local witnesses say.
The army says the attackers were repelled but could not give the number of casualties.
Local vigilantes told the BBC that the suspected jihadists entered Kalari and nearby Amarwa villages just after sunset looking for food.
Those who stood in their way were gunned down, the vigilantes said.
Many of the residents fled into the bush as the insurgents ransacked their homes before setting them ablaze.
Both villages are in a district of Borno state that has suffered repeated Boko Haram attacks.