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Boko Haram attacks Borno village, kills four farmers

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Four farmers have been killed in a suspected Boko Haram attack in northeastern Nigeria , civilian militia and residents said on Monday .The attack , near Molai village some five kilometres ( three miles ) from the Borno state capital Maiduguri , was blamed on fighters loyal to factional leader Abubakar Shekau .

“ The four victims had their throats slit, ” Ibrahim Liman of the Civilian Joint Task Force assisting the military with security told AFP .

One of the militants used the mobile phone of one of the farmers to say they had killed four and abducted two others , local resident Usman Gana said .

“ They informed us we should come and collect their bodies , ” he said .

The attacks underline the persistent threat to civilians in northeastern Nigeria , where more than 27 , 000 people have been killed since Boko Haram ’ s Islamist insurgency began in 2009 .
The military has succeeded in pushing the group out of urban centres but rural areas remain hard to secure . Farmers and those collecting firewoods have been repeatedly targeted .

Molai has been hit several times during attempted raids on Maiduguri .

( AFP )

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