Borno massacre

Jihadist terror group Boko Haram claim responsibility for the murder of 110 farmers in northern Nigeria

The mass burial at Zabarmari. Photo by Ahmed Kingimi for Reuters.

— 2 minute read — By Ed Bazeley

On 28th November 2020, at least 110 farmers were killed in a terror attack in Borno, north-eastern Nigeria. As information slowly emerged after the event, the initial report of 76 deaths soon rose as more bodies were retrieved and injured victims died in hospital. 

The attack was carried out by gunmen on motorbikes belonging to the militant division Boko Haram, a terror group who operate in northern Nigeria and other West African nations. The leader of the main faction of Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau, claimed responsibility for the incident in a video posted online, claiming the attack was in response to local farmers cooperating with the government’s military.

In response to the tragedy, Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari tweeted: “The entire country is hurt by these senseless killings”.

There are two factions of Boko Haram which operate in Nigeria, one of which is the main group led by Shekau, and the other of which coordinates the actions of so-called Islamic State in West Africa. The group has carried out notorious terror plots in Borno before, including the kidnapping of schoolgirls from Chibok in 2014 – an event which was widely reported on and condemned in the mainstream media. 

The Borno massacre occurred in a difficult year for Nigeria. They endured the Lekki Toll Gate massacre, alongside numerous other incidents which the controversial SARS unit of the Nigerian police force were responsible for. 

The next national election will take place in 2023, with Buhari likely defending his premiership against a candidate from the People’s Democratic Party, and could be a source of new hope for a suffering nation. For now, Nigeria echoes the rest of the world in wishing for better things to come in 2021.