At least 16 people including children who were playing football have been killed in the Northeast of Nigeria after a deadly attack by Boko Haram.

According to Babakura Kolo, the leader of a self-defence militia, nine boy were killed when an explosives landed in a field where they were playing football.

“Initially four died but five more died from serious injuries they sustained from explosion,” said Babakura.

This is the latest deadly attack by the insurgents after they blew up supply lines, cutting off electricity and water for Maiduguri residents.

Since the insurgency began in 2009, the jihadist conflict has killed 36,000 people and displaced around two million from their homes.

The violence has also spread to neighboring Niger, Chad and Cameroon.