UN Reveals 110 Farmers Were Beheaded In Deadliest Boko Haram Attack In Nigeria

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  • The United Nations has said at least 110 farmers were killed by Boko Haram insurgents in the northeast.
  • The figure nearly tripled the 43 farmers that were initially reported killed by the insurgents on Saturday.
  • The assailants tied up the labourers and slit their throats.

The United Nations has said at least 110 farmers were killed by Boko Haram insurgents in the northeast of Nigeria.

The figure nearly tripled the 43 farmers that were initially reported killed by the insurgents on Saturday.

French newswire AFP cited UN humanitarian coordinator in Nigeria Edward Kallon as saying on Sunday afternoon that at least 110 people were killed.

Earlier on Sunday, Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno had admitted more bodies were yet to be recovered from the village where the terrorists attacked rice farmers.

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The governor led other leaders in Zabarmari to bury 43 bodies that were retrieved on Saturday.

President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the attack as ‘insane,’ saying the armed forces had all the resources needed to protect lives and Nigerian territory.

The bloodletting centred on the village of Koshobe near the Borno state capital Maiduguri, with assailants targeting farm workers on rice fields, with a pro-government anti-jihadist militia saying the assailants tied up the labourers and slit their throats.

Kallon said the assailants – ‘armed men on motorcycles’ – also targeted other communities in the area.

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Borno Governor Babaganan Umara Zulum attended the burial Sunday in the nearby village of Zabarmari of 43 bodies recovered on Saturday, saying the toll could rise after search operations resumed.

The attack took place as voters went to the polls in long-delayed local elections in Borno State.

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The polls had been repeatedly postponed because of an increase in attacks by Boko Haram and a rival dissident faction, the IS-affiliated Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP).

The two groups have been blamed for increasing attacks on loggers, farmers and fishermen whom they accuse of spying for the army and pro-government militia.

Last month Boko Haram militants slaughtered 22 farmers working on their irrigation fields near Maiduguri, in two separate attacks.

At least 36,000 people have been killed in the jihadist conflict, which has forced around two million people to flee their homes since 2009.

The violence has also spread into neighbouring Niger, Chad and Cameroon, prompting a regional military coalition to fight the militants.

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