Defence & Security

Terrorists kill 60 farmers, others missing in Borno

By Paul Michael, Defence Editor, Abuja

Terrorists believed to be members of Boko Haram have launched a massive attack at Rann, the headquarters of Kala-Balge Local Government Area of Borno State, killing over 60 farmers.

It was gathered that several bullet wounds were seen on the bodies of the deceased farmers, who were buried on Monday.

Residents told newsmen that many others are yet to be accounted for.

One of the villagers said, “Over 50 people were buried in Rann on Monday. As at this morning, more dead bodies have been found; the death toll is over 60 now.

“The Boko Haram terrorists on motorcycles armed with guns and machetes surrounded their farms and started killing them one by one.”

Boko Haram has increasingly targeted farmers, herders and loggers, accusing them of spying and passing information to the Nigerian military.

They have also been raiding herding communities, and stealing cattle, a valuable commodity in the region to fund their operations.

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In 2020, the insurgents invaded a rice plantation in Zabarmari, a community in the Jere Local Government Area, killing at least 43 farmers.

Boko Haram and its offshoot, Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), have become more ferocious in recent times.

Although the Nigerian Army has repeatedly claimed that the insurgency has been largely defeated and it frequently underplays any losses the terror group has caused over 100,000 deaths and displaced millions of individuals mainly in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States.

Just a few days ago, the officers of the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) arrested about 30 suspects fishing and farming around terrorist camps belonging to Boko Haram and the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) in a bid to end terrorism around the Lake Chad Basin (LCB).

The farmers are now targets of both the military as well as the terrorists, with both group accusing them of being informants to rivals.

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