The Boko Haram jihadists who stormed crop fields near Ali Goshe village, six kilometres (3.7 miles) outside the city of Maiduguri with Motorcycles, slit the throats of four farmers.
“So far we have confirmed the death of four people in the attack which happened around midday,” said Ibrahim Liman, who is part of the militia taskforce fighting Boko Haram in the region.
“When the Boko Haram terrorists came the farmers fled but the gunmen managed to grab four and slaughter them.”
AFP reported that Shuaibu Boka, who was among the farmers who escaped, said the jihadists did not shoot in order to avoid attracting the attention of security forces.
“There were dozens of us tending our crops when they came on motorcycles and we all fled in different directions,” Boka said.
“When we returned much later after the gunmen were gone, we found four of our men slaughtered,” he said, adding that the jihadists had killed the 75-year-old head of the community.
This attack is coming, few weeks after the terrorists launched a surge of assaults against troops in Nigeria, putting the military on the back foot six months before presidential polls. Boko Haram’s nine-year quest to establish an Islamic state in Nigeria has killed over 20,000 people and displaced some 2.6 million from their homes, triggering a dire humanitarian crisis in the remote Lake Chad region.
On the other, the Nigeria military on Saturday handed over 23 arrested children who were formerly associated with Boko Haram insurgents, to UNICEF through the Borno State government. The children, according to the military, were picked up during various military raid operations around the north-east region.
Aged between 17 and 10 years, the boys and girls confessed to the military that they have been assisting the Boko Haram insurgents either as fighters or domestic helps in the camps.