Residents say Zabarmari killings was a reprisal attack by Boko Haram

Residents say Zabarmari killings was a reprisal attack by Boko Haram

- Residents of Zabarmari in Borno state have disclosed what prompted the Boko Haram attack on their community

- Sources in the area have narrated how the killings of farmers occurred

- The killings have drawn widespread condemnation from Nigerians and the UN

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Emerging report indicates that the recent killings of farmers in the Zabarmari area of Borno state were a reprisal attack by the Boko Haram faction loyal to Abubakar Shekau.

Daily Trust, citing sources in the community, reported that the insurgents carried out the killings after residents arrested a member of the group on Friday, November 27, and handed him over to security agencies.

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The 43 farm workers in Zabarmari killed by Boko Haram are buried. Photo by Audu Marte
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The insurgent who was arrested was said to have visited Zabarmari to ask for food for him and members of his group.

A member of the community said other insurgents were infuriated about the incident and attacked farmers in the community in retaliation on Saturday, November 28.

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Narrating how the farmers were killed, a source said the farmers working on their fields were rounded and taken to another location where they were executed.

A resident, Abubakar Yunus said two of his sons were among those killed by the insurgents

He said:

“They slaughtered my sons in my presence."

Meanwhile, more condemnation has continued to trail the Boko Haram killings of farmers in Zabarmari community.

Northern governors have also come under heavy criticisms from Nigerians following the incident.

A human rights activist, Shehu Sani, in his reaction to killings said a few weeks ago when the northern governors met, they focused on the #EndSARS protest instead of insurgency which is their major problem.

In another report, 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.

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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.

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