Boko Haram insurgents on Monday, killed nine farmers and abducted 12 others in Mammanti village in the northeastern Nigerian state of Borno, the cradle of the jihadist movement.
The locals who told AFP on Tuesday, said the terrorists stormed fields outside Mammanti village, opening fire on farmers as they worked, killing nine and injuring three others.
The village head of Mammanti, Muhammad Mammanti said, “We recovered nine dead bodies after the attack.
“The insurgents took away 12 people including women, and macheted three people who resisted being abducted”.
The jihadists were reported to have come on bicycles that afternoon.
Usman Kaka, a farmer who escaped being killed said, “They just opened fire on us and continued to fire as we fled.
“We later returned to find nine people had been killed and three left with machete cuts on their heads for refusing to go with the gunmen”.
Recall that last week Wednesday Boko Haram jihadists attacked Mammanti, killing one person and burning the entire village before stealing hundreds of cattle.
The attack on Mammanti forced residents to moved to the state capital Maiduguri from where they commuted daily to work on the fields.
Boko Haram has stepped up attacks on farmers and loggers in recent years, accusing them of passing information to the military.
Despite the government’s insistence that Boko Haram is near defeat, the group has recently carried out major attacks on military and civilian targets, killing scores.
More than 27,000 people have died since the start of the insurgency in the remote northeast in 2009 and 1.8million are still homeless.
October 16, 2019