A suicide bomber attacked a village, Ouro-Kessoum, which is two kilometres from the Nigerian border, the head of a local security committee said.

"There were 8 killed and 8 wounded," in addition to the suicide bomber, he added.

The attack which occurred on Saturday and the toll were both confirmed to AFP by a security source in the region.

The injured had been evacuated to Mora, the district capital, the source added.

Ouro-Kessoum lies in a region where Boko Haram jihadists carry out frequent attacks, to the point that some local villages have emptied of their residents.

In mid-July a double suicide attack killed 15 people in the town of Wasa, slightly further north and near the border with Nigeria.

The attack was part of a surge of jihadist violence in the region in recent weeks.