Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Four farmers die in Boko Haram attack

Boko Haram members killed four farmers in a drive - by shooting in Borno state in Nigeria ’s
volatile northeast , local vigilantes told AFP Tuesday.

The insurgents, riding on motorcycles , opened fire on farmers working in their fields in Ngawo Fato Bulamari village outside the state capital Maiduguri , the epicentre of the eight -year jihadist rebellion .

“The Boko Haram gunmen while riding past the farmlands opened fire, ” said Babakura Kolo, a member of a militia force fighting the jihadists, of the incident which happened on Monday .

“Four people were killed while many have gone missing and our assumption is that they ran into the bush to escape the attack, ” Kolo said.

A militia leader , Ibrahim Liman gave a similar account , saying at least one of the missing farmers later returned to the village .

Last week , a farmer was shot dead while four others were abducted by the Islamists near the town of Konduga , some 40 kilometres from Maiduguri .

The victims were among a group of 20 farmers from a nearby village who went to their fields despite a security warning by the military .

The Boko Haram violence has claimed at least 20 ,000 lives while some 2 . 6 million people have fled their homes since 2009, sparking a dire humanitarian crisis in the region .

The displaced rely on food handouts from aid agencies who have had to cut back assistance due to a cash crunch.

The situation has forced many displaced people who have missed three crop seasons to return to their farms in liberated areas despite risk of possible Boko Haram attacks.


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