Police say at least 10 people were killed in northeast Nigeria when a large commando of Boko Haram Islamic extremists attacked their village and took over a major highway in the region.

A local police official who spoke on condition he not be named because he wasn't authorized to talk to media said the victims were all shot when the large group of Boko Haram extremists stormed their village and fired at fleeing residents. The attack occurred in Ngamdu, a village 100 kilometers (60 miles) west of the Borno state capital Maiduguri.

Many other residents were wounded in the attack Friday, the official said.

Military units have moved into the region to fight the attackers, who have taken control of the only safe highway to Maiduguri.