By Ismail Auwal
Gunmen suspected to be fighters of the Islamic State of the West African Province, (ISWAP) on Sunday killed 40 civilians in an attack in Kala Balge Local Government Area, Borno State.
The insurgents reportedly slaughtered their victims and leave yet to ascertain a number of others injured.
A Federal lawmaker representing the Local Government, Hon. Zainab Gimba who confirmed the tragedy in an interview with BBC Hausa Service described it sad and urged the military to do more to protect lives and property of the people.
Zagazola Makama, a Counter-Insurgency Expert and Security Analyst in Lake Chad, alleged that dozens of fighters used machetes to attack peasant farmers working in their fields.
“Over 40 farmers were killed and some of the bodies were dismembered while some were tied up and their throats slit by the terrorists,” he said.
The search for bodies continues after the gunmen who were on motorbikes attacked people while on their farms in Rann, the headquarters of the Kala-Balge Local Government Area in the northeastern part of Borno State.