KANO, Nigeria (AFP) – Four farmers were killed in an attack by Boko Haram insurgents in northeast Nigeria’s Borno state, witnesses said on Wednesday.
The attack came a day after the extremists killed three people in a raid in neighbouring Adamawa state.
Fighters in trucks on Tuesday opened fire on the farmers as they worked in their fields outside Lassa village on the fringes of the group’s Sambisa forest enclave.
“We lost four of our kinsmen to Boko Haram who came around 2pm (1300 GMT) yesterday and shot them dead in their farm outside the village,” said Adamu Galadima, a militia leader assisting the military to fight the extremists.
“They (Boko Haram) tried to enter the village but our vigilantes mobilised and chased them away,” he said.
Resident Danjuma Ijaduwa who gave a similar account, told AFP the attack was a reprisal after the extremists incurred heavy losses the previous day.
On Tuesday, vigilantes in Lassa laid an ambush on Boko Haram fighters as they fled a military pursuit.
The insurgents were retreating to Sambisa forest after an attack on Michika town in Adamawa state where they killed three and robbed a bank.
Residents said the extremists lost men and equipment in the attack by vigilantes and troops.
The Lassa area which lies near Sambisa forest has been repeatedly attacked.