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World Boko Haram claims Nigeria farm massacre as toll rises to 76

20:45  01 december  2020
20:45  01 december  2020 Source:   msn.com

Nigeria. Seven soldiers and a militiaman killed in a jihadist ambush

 Nigeria. Seven soldiers and a militiaman killed in a jihadist ambush © AUDU MARTE / AFP Nigerian army soldiers, in early November. Seven soldiers and a militiaman were killed in an ambush by jihadists from the Islamic State in West Africa (Iswap) group in northeastern Nigeria. This region has been in the throes of an Islamist insurgency for several years. jihadists killed this Saturday, November 21, seven soldiers and a militiaman during an ambush targeting a convoy in the northeast of Nigeria , we learned from several security sources.

Suspected Boko Haram fighters killed at least 70 farmers in a weekend attack on rice fields in northeast Nigeria , the Borno state governor told reporters Sunday. Also read: Boko Haram kills at least 43 farm workers in Nigeria The massacre took place on Saturday in the village of Koshobe near the

Boko Haram kill dozens of farm workers in Nigeria . The Borno state governor, Babagana Umara Zulum, attended the burial on Sunday in the nearby village of Zabarmari of 43 bodies recovered on Saturday, saying the toll could rise after search operations resumed.

The Boko Haram jihadist group on Tuesday claimed responsibility for a brutal massacre of farm workers in northeast Nigeria over the weekend as the death toll rose to 76.

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: Forty-three farm workers and buried at a mass funeral after the Boko Haram attack in northeastern Nigeria © Audu Marte Forty-three farm workers and buried at a mass funeral after the Boko Haram attack in northeastern Nigeria

The grim search for bodies continues after gunmen on motorbikes attacked the area outside Borno state's capital Maiduguri on Saturday, slaughtering dozens of labourers in rice fields near the village of Zabarmari.

It was initially unclear which Boko Haram faction was behind the assault, but the main group loyal to shadowy leader Abubakar Shekau said in a video Tuesday it was "responsible for what happened around Maiduguri in recent days... especially in Zabarmari."

Chad: jihadists attack a pirogue for the first time

 Chad: jihadists attack a pirogue for the first time © Getty Images / Jeff Hutchens Lake Chad (illustration image). In Chad, an explosion left several dead and wounded in the ranks of the army during the night from Tuesday to Wednesday as soldiers sailed on Lake Chad. An explosion that the authorities attribute to the Islamists of Boko Haram.

Death toll from Nigeria farm massacre rises to 110. UN revises death toll from initial 43 as residents bury scores of victims following a massacre allegedly by MAIDUGURI, Nigeria : Suspected Boko Haram fighters killed at least 70 farmers in a weekend attack on rice fields in northeast Nigeria , the

A weekend attack on farm workers in northeast Nigeria blamed on the Boko Haram jihadist group left at least 110 dead, the UN humanitarian coordinator in the country said Sunday. Map of Nigeria locating Maiduguri, near the site of Saturday's massacre .

map: The attack was waged on villages outside Borno state's capital Maiduguri © Vincent LEFAI The attack was waged on villages outside Borno state's capital Maiduguri

Borno state information commissioner Babakura Abba Jatau meanwhile said the death toll had risen from 70 to 76.

"Forty-three bodies were buried on Sunday and another 33 were buried on Monday," he told AFP, adding that the death toll could rise further.

"Residents of Zabarmari village where the victims were buried said many more bodies could be scattered in the marshy rice fields."

The United Nations on Sunday said that 110 civilians were killed, but later scaled that back to "tens" of victims, admitting its initial toll was "unconfirmed".

The bloodletting centred on the village of Koshobe, where Boko Haram fighters tied up farm workers and slit their throats.

Farm workers killed in 'insane' Nigeria attack

  Farm workers killed in 'insane' Nigeria attack Nigeria's president condemns an attack in which 43 labourers were "slaughtered" near Maiduguri.The attackers tied up agricultural labourers working in rice fields and slit their throats near Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state, reports say.

The bloodletting took place in the village of Koshobe near the main city of Maiduguri, with assailants targeting farmers on rice fields. Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari condemned the attack, saying: ‘“The entire country has been wounded by these senseless killings.’

Read more: Boko Haram kills dozens of soldiers in Chad, Nigeria . While attending the funeral of 43 victims on Sunday, Borno Governor Babaganan Umara Zulum warned that the death toll could rise . Last week, suspected Boko Haram insurgents killed at least 22 farmers working on their irrigation

The Boko Haram video appeared to confirm reports that the attack was waged to seek revenge on villagers for seizing the group's fighters and handing them over to the authorities.

"You thought you would apprehend our brethren and hand him over to the military and live in peace?" a Boko Haram jihadist said in the video.

On Tuesday local teams continued the search for bodies, ploughing through the expansive marshland on foot, trudging behind tractors.

"It is a tiring job because regular vehicles can't move in the difficult terrain because they will definitely get stuck," said Abdullahi Umar, a member of the search team.

He described the search as "dangerous" because Boko Haram insurgents operate in the area, which has footpaths that link up to the group's Sambisa forest enclave.

At least 36,000 people have been killed and two million displaced since Boko Haram launched its jihadist insurgency in northeast Nigeria in 2009.

In 2016, the group split into two groups -- the main faction led by Abubakar Shekau and the IS-affiliated Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP).

Both groups have been blamed for increasing attacks on civilians they accuse of spying for the army and pro-government militia.

The jihadist violence has also spread into neighbouring Niger, Chad and Cameroon, prompting a regional military coalition to fight the insurgents.

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