News ID: 277480
Published: 0448 GMT November 29, 2020

Nigeria buries scores of farmers killed by terrorists, some beheaded

Nigeria buries scores of farmers killed by terrorists, some beheaded
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Men carry the bodies of people killed by terrorist attack during a mass burial in Zabarmari in the Jere local government area of Borno state in northeast Nigeria, on November 29, 2020.

Villagers in northeast Nigeria’s Borno state on Sunday buried 43 farmers killed in an attack by suspected terrorists while security forces searched for dozens of people who are still missing.

Roughly 30 of the men killed were also beheaded in the attack, which began on Saturday morning in Zabarmari village in northeast Borno state. Residents said a total of 70 people are feared dead, according to Reuters.

While no group claimed responsibility, such massacres have been carried out in the past by Boko Haram or the Daesh-affiliated groups in Africa. They are both active in the region, where the terrorists have killed at least 30,000 people in the past decade.

President Muhammadu Buhari condemned the killings and said “the entire country is hurt.”

In Zabarmari, dozens of mourners surrounded the bodies, which were wrapped in white burial shrouds and placed on wooden pallets, as clerics led prayers for the deceased.

One resident and Amnesty International said 10 women were among those missing.

Borno state’s governor Babagana Zulum, speaking at the burials, called on the federal government to recruit more soldiers, Civilian Joint Task Force members and civil defense fighters to protect farmers in the region.

He described desperate choices facing people.

“In one side, they stay at home they may be killed by hunger and starvation, on the other, they go out to their farmlands and risk getting killed by the insurgents,” he said.

Food prices in Nigeria have risen dramatically over the past year, driven by flooding, border closures and insecurity in some food-producing areas.

 

   
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