At least three local farmers were hacked to death when suspected Boko Haram militants raided a community near Nigeria’s northeastern city of Maiduguri, according to security sources and residents on Tuesday.
The victims were buried earlier on Tuesday following the incident on Monday in Molai community, located about 5 km to Maiduguri, the capital of the restive Borno State, one security official said.
The victims were working on their farmland when the suspected Boko Haram militants attacked the community and held them hostage for about one hour before cutting them roughly, said the source, who craved for anonymity.
A local farmer surnamed Bari who was on the farmland with the victims but escaped during the attack told Xinhua in Maiduguri that the Boko Haram militants wore black robes and had inscriptions of their group’s name on them.
The farmer said he raised an alarm on the Boko Haram’s invasion after fleeing the farm.
He said bodies of the victims were recovered early Tuesday and immediately prepared for burial.
Boko Haram is known for its agenda to maintain a virtual caliphate in the most populous African country. Enditem