UN says over 110 rice farmers killed by Boko Haram in Borno
- The death toll from an attack on rice farmers in Borno state has risen to 110
- The tragic killing which took place on Saturday, November 28, also left many wounded
- Edward Kallon, the United Nations coordinator in Nigeria made the disclosure
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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.
Legit.ng 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.
According to Kallon, many other innocent civilians were wounded in the attack described as ‘ruthless’ on Saturday, November 28.
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.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that President Muhammadu Buhari came under fire from Nigerians over the increased insecurity across the country, especially in the northern region.
Citizens lamented over the frequent kidnapping, and killings by bandits, Boko Haram insurgents, accusing the president of failing to keep the people safe.
According to them, the recent attack was an indication that the Buhari administration had failed in terms of security and welfare of Nigerians.
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