Boko Haram: Tragedy in Niger Republic as insurgents kill 27

Boko Haram: Tragedy in Niger Republic as insurgents kill 27

- Boko Haram insurgents have launched another deadly attack in the neigbouring Niger Republic

- The terrorists reportedly invaded a village in the country, killing not fewer than 27 people

- The attack is coming a few weeks after the insurgents killed over 40 farmers in northern Nigeria

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Some suspected Boko Haram insurgents have struck again, this time in Nigeria Republic, killing at least 27 people on Saturday evening, December 12.

Daily Trust reports that the attack which happened in the village of Toumour in the Diffa region also left some people injured while some are still missing.

Boko Haram kills 27 in Niger Republic
Tragedy in Niger Republic as Boko Haram kills 27. Photo credit: Pierre Terdjamn
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A local official was quoted to have said:

“Some victims were killed or wounded by bullets, others were burnt inside their houses, consumed by the flames of an enormous fire set by the attackers."

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The official added that between 800 and 1,000 houses and numerous vehicles were also destroyed in the fire.

The insurgents who staged the attack that reportedly lasted three hours numbered up to 70. They were said to have first attacked the residence of the traditional chief who was lucky to escape.

Legit.ng recalls that no fewer than 43 farmers were recently killed while harvesting their crops in Zabarmari, a Borno state community, by men suspected to be Boko Haram terrorists.

Hassan Zabarmari, a former chairman of a rice farmers association in Borno state, confirmed the incident via phone.

His words:

“The farmers were attacked at the Garin-Kwashebe rice field, and according to reports reaching us since afternoon, about 40 of them were killed.
“But we have been receiving conflicting information on the casualty figures – some said it was up to 50 farmers that were slaughtered.”

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Reacting to the development, the United States government said it condemned in the strongest terms the abhorrent terrorist attack.

The US Mission in Nigeria offered the US government's deepest condolences to the families and friends of the slain farmers and those kidnapped.

The statement reads partly:

"These craven attacks are a stark reminder of why the United States stands with the Nigerian government and people as they fight to defeat terrorism and work to bring the perpetrators to justice."

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