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9 farmers killed in Boko Haram attack in Nigeria

Boko Haram has stepped up attacks on farmers and loggers in recent years, accusing them of passing information to the military.

FILE: Nigerian army destroys Boko Haram terrorist camps in Alagarno and Sambas forests. Picture: Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman/Nigerian army public relations

KANO, Nigeria - Boko Haram members have killed nine farmers and abducted 12 others in a village in the northeastern Nigerian state of Borno, the cradle of the jihadist movement, locals told AFP on Tuesday.

On Monday, they stormed into fields outside Mammanti village, opening fire on farmers as they worked, killing nine and injuring three others.

"We recovered nine dead bodies after the attack," the village chief Muhammad Mammanti said.

"The insurgents took away 12 people, including women, and macheted three people who resisted being abducted," Mammanti.

The jihadists came on bicycles in the afternoon, said Usman Kaka, a farmer who escaped.

"They just opened fire on us and continued to fire as we fled," Kaka said.

"We later returned to find nine people had been killed and three left with machete cuts on their heads for refusing to go with the gunmen," he said.

Last week Wednesday Boko Haram jihadists attacked Mammanti, killing one person and burning the entire village before stealing hundreds of cattle.

The attack on Mammanti forced residents to move to the state capital Maiduguri from where they would commute daily to work on the fields.

Boko Haram has stepped up attacks on farmers and loggers in recent years, accusing them of passing information to the military.

Despite the government's insistence that Boko Haram is near defeat, the group has recently carried out major attacks on military and civilian targets, killing scores.

More than 27,000 people have died since the start of the insurgency in the remote northeast in 2009 and 1.8 million are still homeless.

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