#ZabarmariMassacre: President Buhari Mourns as Boko Haram Kills Over 40 Borno Farmers

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The President, Muhammadu Buhari has expressed grief over the killing of over 40 farmers on rice fields at Zabarmari, Jere Local Government Area of Borno State.

He described the insurgents’ action as senseless.

Buhari’s position on the killings was contained in a statement  by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, titled, ‘President Buhari condemns as insane, Boko Haram killing of farmers in Borno State.’

Shehu quoted Buhari as saying, “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.”

Boko Haram had on Saturday reportedly killed over 40 rice farmers in Kwashebe village, Jere Local Government Area of Borno State.

The village is near Maiduguri, the state capital.

The terrorists were reported to have first tied up the farmers, who were working in rice fields, before slitting their throats.

A leader of a vigilante group, Babakura Kolo, who helped the survivors after the attack, told AFP that the insurgent group frequently attacked farmers in the area.

“We have recovered 43 dead bodies, all of them slaughtered, along with six others with serious injuries,” Kolo said.

Another vigilante member with the Zamarmari group, Ibrahim Liman, also told AFP that the deceased were labourers from Sokoto State who had travelled to Kwashebe to find work.

He also gave the death toll to be 43, adding that six persons were injured and eight kidnapped.

There were 60 farmers who were contracted to harvest paddy in the rice fields. Forty-three were slaughtered, with six injured,” Liman said.

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