“Farmers, herders, and loggers have been increasingly targeted by Boko Haram, who accuse them of spying and transferring information to the Nigerian military.”
In Rann, the headquarters of Borno State’s Kala-Balge Local Government Area, members of the Boko Haram group conducted a large-scale assault, slaughtering over 60 farmers.
The corpses of the slain farmers who were buried on Monday had many gunshot wounds. And many more residents are yet to be found.
“Boko Haram militants on motorbikes with weapons and machetes encircled their fields and began murdering them one by one,” a local alleged, according to sources gathered by Sahara Reporters.
“On Monday, about 50 people were buried in Rann. More corpses had been discovered as of this morning; the death toll now stands at over 60.”
Farmers, herders, and loggers have been increasingly targeted by Boko Haram, who accuse them of spying and transferring information to the Nigerian military. They’ve also raided herding settlements, taking livestock, a significant commodity in the area, in order to support their activities. In 2020, insurgents killed at least 43 farmers at a rice plantation in Zabarmari, a village in the Jere Local Government Area.
In recent years, Boko Haram and its spinoff, Islamic State West Africa Province, have gotten more ruthless.
The Nigerian Army has consistently stated that the insurgency has been mostly vanquished while downplaying any casualties. The terror organization has killed over 100,000 people and displaced millions of people, mostly in the states of Adamawa, Borno, and Yobe.