About 45 rice farmers have been slaughtered by the members of the Boko Haram sect in the Zamarmari area of Jere local government area of Borno state.
According to reports, the farmers were killed at Kwashabe village, about 20 kilometers north of Maiduguri, Borno capital.
The Cable News reported that one of the farmers who escaped during the attack, Nasiru Usman, went to town with the news. He said the attackers also abducted seven farmers.
Narrating the incident, Usman said trouble started after some farmers apprehended a Boko Haram insurgent who approached them with a request for food.
“Unknowingly, he was accompanied by dozens of other militants who were hiding around the bush,” he said.
“So immediately they tied him and seized his guns, his other colleagues quickly stormed the scene, and opened fire on the farmers, while they took to their heels.
“At exactly 11 am, the group declared a blanket killing against all the farmers harvesting their products. They began by abducting seven, then went on rampage and began killing everyone in sight.
“So far, we have recovered up to 45 bodies. Our civilian JTF, police, and Military are still searching for more bodies. We won’t know how many are missing so far for now since more bodies are still being found.”
Another source who helped in recovering the bodies in preparation for burial said that there were several bullet wounds on the body of the deceased farmers.
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