Boko Haram Nigeria North
Policemen stand near damaged vehicles in Sabon Gari, Kano, after a car bomb killed five.Reuters

At least 17 people have reportedly been killed in a Boko Haram attack on the Borno state village of Alagarno.

Every home in the village was burnt in the assault where Boko Haram insurgents spent hours killing and looting after arriving at midnight before leaving in stolen vehicles, a survivor told the BBC.

The village of Alagarno is in close proximity to Chibok, the village where over 200 schoolgirls were abducted by Boko Haram militants last month.

Borno state is currently under a state of emergency after the Nigerian parliament approved an extension following a spate of attacks in the north of Nigeria by the Islamist group.

The incident comes just a day after twin bomb blasts rocked the central Nigerian city of Jos, killing 118 people.

Alagarno Village
Alagarno village in northeast Nigeria where Boko Haram's insurgency has been focused.Google Maps

Following the blasts, Nigeria President Goodluck Jonathan assured "all Nigerians that [the] government remains fully committed to winning the war against terror and... will not be cowed by the atrocities of enemies of human progress and civilisation."

While Boko Haram's insurgency has been focused on the country's north, two bombs struck the central Nigerian capital of Abuja last month killing 105 people in an indication that the group's deadly influence is spreading further south into the heart of Africa's biggest economy.

The group, who wish to create an Islamic caliphate within Nigeria, attracted global attention to the west African nation's fight against terrorism following the kidnap of the Chibok schoolgirls.