Boko Haram slits 43 farmworkers’ throat in Nigeria
Published: 10:43 AM, 29 November 2020 Updated: 02:44 PM, 29 November 2020
Boko Haram terrorist forces have slit the throats of at least 43 farmworkers in Northeastern Nigeria.
The incident took place at a paddy field in a remote village called Koshobe near the northeast Nigerian city of Maiduguri on Saturday.
The assailants tied up all the agricultural workers and slit their throats. Local authorities have launched a search to find the attackers.
It is learned that a total of 60 farmers had contracted to work in the paddy fields. 43 people were slaughtered, along with six others with serious injuries. Eight more farmers are missing. Presumably, they were abducted.
“We have recovered 43 bodies,” Babakura Kolo, leader of a local armed group, told AFP regarding Saturday’s attack. “Everyone has been killed. Six more were found in critical condition. It is no doubt the handiwork of Boko Haram. They are constantly attacking farmers in this area.”
Reuters also quoted a local leader as saying at least 40 people had been killed in the attack.
Another local fighter, Ibrahim Liman, said the slain farmers had come to Koshobe from the Sokoto state, about 1000 kilometers away, in search of work.
Boko Haram and Islamic State (ISWAP) are quite active in northeastern Nigeria. Thousands of people have lost their lives in the violence, and at least 2 million people have been displaced since 2009.
Earlier last month, Boko Haram members killed 22 farmers in two separate incidents near the Maiduguri area.
Source: Al Jazeera, AFP, Reuters