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ISWAP Terrorists Kill 45 Farmers In Fresh Attack On Northeast Nigeria Village

ISWAP terrorists had on Sunday attacked Rann, a remote village in Northeast Nigeria, killing at least 45 farmers during an harvest on their farm.

Residents of Rann, a remote border village in Borno State, Northeast Nigeria, said they had by noon Monday, May 23, buried at least 45 of their kin who were killed during an attack on their community by terrorists suspected to be members of the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP). 

Locals who are familiar with the incident informed HumAngle that they were still combing the surrounding bushes for any yet to be recovered body.   

Rann, the headquarters of Kala Balge’s Local Government Area, is the town best remembered for many ugly incidents of deaths. 

A security source who asked to be anonymous in this report said dozens of farmers and some local farm guards came under attack on Sunday, May 22, while on their farm. They were attacked by armed ISWAP terrorists. 

“The farmers were killed while harvesting their food crops off a piece of land at the outskirts of Rann villages,” the source explained.  

He said the attackers didn’t fire any shots from their rifles as they freely deployed machetes in beheading many of the slain farmers. 

“They simply descended upon the farmers and surrounded them and they began to kill them one after the other.” 

“They brutally killed, by slitting their necks  and dismembered the bodies of the 45 slain farmers.” 

The source said all the 45 slain farmers and farm guards were buried on Monday after a mass Islamic funeral in the village. 

Around 43,000 people are internally displaced and currently struggling with hunger in Rann. 

Neither the government of Borno State nor the security operatives have made any comment on the attack yet. 

Rann came into the spotlight on Jan. 17, 2017, when a Nigerian Air Force bomber mistakenly shelled an IDP camp mistaken for an earlier identified camp of the Boko Haram. At least 236 persons died and about a double of that figure was injured.

Rann was twice overrun by Boko Haram terrorists in Jan. 2019. The attacks forced the villagers to flee to Cameroon as refugees. 

Rann, again, came under assault by suspected ISWAP terrorists in Aug. 2021. The terrorists had during the attack destroyed a military base in the hard to reach border community.

Editor’s note: This report was updated on May 25, 2022, to reflect specifically that the mass murder was perpetrated by insurgents suspected to be members of ISWAP, a terror group that broke off from Boko Haram/JAS in 2016.

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Abdulkareem Haruna

Abdulkareem Haruna is a Nigerian journalist currently employed as the Editor for Lake Chad at HumAngle. For over a decade, he has demonstrated a passionate commitment to reporting on the Boko Haram conflict and the crisis in the Lake Chad region of northeastern Nigeria. He is a graduate of English Language and holds a Diploma in Mass Communications. Prior to his current role, he served as an assistant editor at both Premium Times and Leadership Newspaper.

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