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Scores Killed In Massacre Of Farmers In Nigeria

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Leroy N. Soetoro

Dec 2, 2020, 1:51:53 PM12/2/20

Scores are dead after armed men on motorcycles gruesomely attacked
agricultural workers in northeastern Nigeria.

Officials say the attack occurred Saturday in the country's Borno state.
Multiple outlets report that suspected Islamist militants attacked the
farmers while they were harvesting the fields in a rural part of the

Residents told Reuters at least 70 were killed during attack. A U.N.
official in the region, Edward Kallon, said "tens" of civilians were

"The incident is the most violent direct attack against innocent civilians
this year. I call for the perpetrators of this heinous and senseless act
to be brought to justice," said Kallon, who serves as the resident and
humanitarian coordinator in Nigeria.

The U.N. Security Council said that "those responsible for these terrorist
attacks should be held accountable."

Reuters reports that 30 of the victims were beheaded in the attack. At
least ten women were reportedly still missing as of Sunday.

Though no one has claimed responsibility, Reuters and the BBC note that at
least two militant groups are active in the area: Boko Haram and Islamic
State West Africa Province.

Both groups have carried out massacres in the region before. More than
37,000 people have died in incidents involving Boko Haram, the Council on
Foreign Relations estimates.

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari said: "I condemn the killing of our
hard-working farmers by terrorists in Borno state. The entire country is
hurt by these senseless killings. My thoughts are with their families in
this time of grief. May their souls rest in peace," the BBC reported.

On Sunday, 43 of those killed were buried in a service, according to
Reuters, where the governor of Borno, Babagana Zulum, called on the
federal government to recruit more forces to protect farmers in the area.

Zulum also made reference to rising food prices in the country, while
speaking at the burials.

"In one side, they stay at home [where] they may be killed by hunger and
starvation, on the other, they go out to their farmlands and risk getting
killed by the insurgents," Zulum said, Reuters reported.

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Dec 3, 2020, 2:15:17 PM12/3/20
"Leroy N. Soetoro" wrote in message
> Scores are dead after armed men on motorcycles gruesomely attacked
> agricultural workers in northeastern Nigeria.

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