May 26, 2024
Governor of Borno Zulum

Suspected Boko Haram terrorists, on Sunday, attacked Zabarmari farmers while working on their rice fields in the Mafa local government area of Borno State, killing over 15.

Awali Casa, a rice farmer who confirmed the attack on Monday to Leadership in Maiduguri, said there was palpable fear among the Zabarmari rice farmers as they were still searching for the bodies of their fellow farmers killed on their rice fields by the terrorists, as well as those missing.

According to the report, the heavily armed terrorists stormed the rice fields and attacked the farmers who were harvesting in the villages of Koshebe, Karkut and Bulabulin, all in Mafa local government area, which is less than 20 kilometres from Maiduguri, the Borno state capital.

Zagazola Makama, a Counter-Insurgency Expert and Security Analyst in the Lake Chad region said that the terrorists, who were on motorcycles, divided themselves into three groups before attacking the farmers.

He added that the attackers did not use their guns, but instead, they used cutlasses and knives to stab the victims in multiple parts of their bodies.

“So sad, nine bodies were recovered as of yesterday (Sunday) night while the search for others who fled the attacks were still ongoing,” Makama said.

 

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