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Boko Haram insurgents kill 12 farmers in Borno

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It was another bloody day in Borno State on Saturday, as Boko Haram jihadists killed 12 farmers who were working on their farms.

Civilian JTF operatives who spoke to a news agency, said the insurgents came in two trucks and attacked the farmers with machetes outside Kalle.

Kalle is a remote village 17 kilometres outside the state capital Maiduguri. It is also the birthplace of the Boko Haram movement.

“They used machetes to kill their victims who were working on their farms,” Civilian JTF leader, Babakura Kolo said.

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“So far, we have recovered 12 dead bodies from the fields and nearby bush.”

Another Civilian JTF operative, Ibrahim Liman added that three people were injured in the raids.

According to him, the insurgents had guns but did not use them so as not to attract the attention of troops in nearby Molai village,.

“When the farmers saw them pulling over close to their crop fields, they all ran in different directions but the terrorists pursued them,” Liman said.

It’s yet to be known which of the two Boko Haram factions was behind the attack. The jihadist faction loyal to Abubakar Shekau is notorious for deadly attacks on civilian targets.

The IS-affiliated faction –Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) — focus more on the military and high profile targets including Western interests, but have recently been involved in attacks on civilians.

 

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