KANO, Nigeria: Boko Haram jihadists have raided three villages in northeastern Nigeria, killing five people and setting fire to several homes and fields, residents told Agence France-Presse on Thursday. Armed members of the extremist group on Wednesday sped into the villages of Huyum, Sabongarin Huyum and Wasada on motorbike, killing five villagers and looting their property before setting fire to their homes and farms, witnesses said. “The armed men arrived at 4 p.m. and for four hours they held us all hostage,” Huyum resident Bala Jonah said. “They killed five people and burnt down our houses and farmland, just when we were about to harvest our crops,” he added. Hundreds of people living in the three villages fled for the relative safety of the town of Askira, located some 10 kilometers (six miles) away. A local official from the village of Wasada confirmed the toll.