At least 45 people were killed in a suspected Boko Haram attack in northeast Nigeria.

Soldiers of the Nigerian Army in the north of the country fighting Boko Haram and the Islamic State (Europa Press) (ARMED FORCES OF NIGERIA/)

Around 45 people died on Sunday in an attack carried out by suspected members of the jihadist group Boko Haram against the Nigerian town of Rannlocated in the state of Borno (northeast) and near the border with Cameroon.

Security sources have indicated that the attack was perpetrated against dozens of civilians who were working in farm fields in the area. “They approached the farmers, surrounded them and started killing them one after another,” they told the Nigerian portal. HumAnglewhich is led by Ahmad Salkida, a Boko Haram expert.

Thus, they have specified that the attackers did not use firearms and killed the farmers with machetes, decapitating many of them. “They were brutally murdered, slitting their throats, and then dismembered the bodies of the 45 farmers”, they have underlined.

FILE PHOTO: Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau speaks in front of guards at an unknown location in Nigeria (REUTERS)
FILE PHOTO: Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau speaks in front of guards at an unknown location in Nigeria (REUTERS) (Handout ./)

These sources have highlighted that all the victims, among whom there were also guards, were buried on Monday at a funeral in Rann, the scene of several attacks by Boko Haram in the past and which is home to about 43,000 internally displaced due to the violence in Borno.

Northeastern Nigeria is the scene of frequent attacks by Boko Haram and its offshoot, the Islamic State in West Africa (ISWA), with its epicenter in Borno. The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) stated in June 2021 that the twelve years of conflict have left nearly 350,000 deada figure ten times higher than that managed until then.

Insecurity has spread in recent months to other areas of the north and northwest, raising alarm bells about the possible expansion of these terrorist and criminal networks, many of which They live by obtaining ransom payments after the kidnapping of students in assaults against educational centers.

(With information from Europe Press)


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