Islamic militant group Boko Haram killed at least 40 farmers while they were harvesting crops in Nigeria’s northern Borno State. The farmers are believed to have been rounded up and killed by armed insurgents.
The attack took place in a rice field on the day voters went to polling to choose a local government council. It is believed that the group slit the throat of the farmers.
Militia leader Babakura Kolo said they found 43 slaughtered dead bodies, with 6 farmers severely injured.
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari expressed grief over the killings. Adding that the government had provided all the needed support to the armed forces to take all necessary steps to protect the country.
According to reports, 60 farmers were attacked, however, only 44 dead bodies have been found.
Farmers were attacked because they had disarmed and arrested a Boko Haram gunman on Friday who had been tormenting them.