Over 110 Not 44 Were Killed By Boko Haram On Rice Field In Borno – UN Says
By Henry Odeh
The United Nations has affirmed that over 110 farmers were killed by men suspected to be Boko Haram insurgents at a rice field in Jere local government of Borno state, Daily Trust reports.
This was made known by Edward Kallon, the United Nations resident coordinator and humanitarian coordinator in Nigeria in a statement after initial reports stated that the bodies of 43 farmers were found.
Sunrisebulletin.com recalls that rice farmers met their untimely death while harvesting their crops in Zabarmari, a Borno community known for rice farming.
The farmers were rounded up and summarily slaughtered by the armed insurgents.
The UN coordinator, giving more details on the incident, stated that the attack was carried out by non-state armed groups in villages near the capital of Borno state, Maiduguri. Speaking further, Kallon said that armed men on motorcycles stormed Koshobe and other rural communities early in the afternoon and attacked innocent men and women while harvesting their fields.
He went on to reveal that several women may have been abducted during the attack. While extending condolences to the families of the deceased, the coordinator expressed shock by the brutality of the attack.
This development is coming after not less than 43 farmers from the attack were buried in Zabarmari, a Borno state community on Sunday, November 29. This was made known in a post shared on the various social media handles of the Borno state governor, Babagana Zulum.