Nigeria: Militants Massacred Dozens of Farmers in Attack on Farm

About 40 Nigerian rice farmers working on their farms, in northeastern Nigeria have been killed in a revenge attack by Islamist militants on Saturday.

The attack, which injured six other people, took place in the village of Koshobe, Borno  .

According to several media reports a local anti-jihadist militia said fighters tied up the farmworkers and slit their throats and has blamed Boko Haram for the attack.

“It is no doubt the handiwork of Boko Haram who operate in the area and frequently attack farmers,” militia leader Babakura Kolo said. 

The workers were from the Sokoto state in northwestern Nigeria and had traveled roughly 1,000 kilometers (621 miles) to the northeast to find work, another militia member Ibrahim Liman told AFP. 

“Islamic State”-linked rival which is also active in the region have increasingly targeted loggers, herders and fishermen, accusing them of spying and passing information to the military and the local militia

President Muhammadu Buhari in a statement condemns the latest attack in Borno state.

“The entire country has been wounded by these senseless killings,” he said in a statement. 

Saturday’s attack took place as people voted in local elections in Borno state. The elections had been postponed repeatedly because of the increasing attacks.

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