The Nigerian Army on Saturday said two persons were killed by the Boko Haram insurgents at Kuwa – Yangewa village on Maiduguri – Damboa Road in Borno State.Brig . – Gen . Abdulamalik Biu, the Acting General Officer Commanding ( GOC ) 7 Division , said the insurgents attacked a group of persons scavenging for leftovers of farm produce and killed two of them .
The commander said he had visited the scene of the attack to appraise the situation , adding that normalcy had been restored in the area.
“ Some people went to the farms and Boko Haram insurgents attacked them , they butchered an elderly man and a youth .
“ The wife to the elderly man ran and informed the troops , who rushed to the scene to save them . The insurgents fled on sighting the approaching troops .
“ Only two persons were killed and no abduction in the attack , ” he added .
However , reports indicated that the insurgents killed six farmers and abducted eight others who were harvesting their crops .
A witness , Ms Rachel Hassan , said about a dozen insurgents armed with weapons attacked them while working in the farm in the afternoon .
Recounting her ordeal , Rachel said the insurgents separated females from the males and asked them to go home .
“ I hired somebody , a displaced person residing at the Bakassi Internally Displaced Persons camp , to work in my farm .
“ The insurgents came and gathered us in one place , they asked women to go and macheted the males , ” she recounted .
Rachel said that some of the corpses were cut to pieces , adding that she reported the case to the GRA Police Station .
Malam Ahmadu Salisu, a relative of one of the victims , said his brother and 11 other farmers of Maduganari area of Maiduguri , went to work in their farms in the morning.
Salisu narrated that the insurgents attacked the farmers from different directions and butchered them .
“ So far we recovered four corpses from the farms while eight others are missing or abducted by the insurgents , ” he said .
Another victim , Aisha Waziri , said that she was informed by her neighbors that her husband was killed in the farm by the insurgents .
( NAN )
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