Zabarmari Massacre: District Head Speaks On ‘Abduction’ Of Women, Girls

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A week after Boko Haram insurgents killed no fewer than 43 farmers in Zabarmari, Borno State, the district head of the community, Zanna Bukar, has dispelled reports that an unspecified number of women and girls were abducted from the community.

He stated that no woman or girl was abducted from the community, noting that all the victims were males.

Bukar explained that the victims had been in their farms harvesting their farm produce before the attack.

The district head added that the rumour of abduction of women and girls did not emanate from the village.

He said, “No, no, we didn’t lose any woman or single lady from this community to the attack. All those affected were young males of between the ages of 13 and 30. Though some of them were newly-weds, some with very young families; others were mostly school-age boys who were hired to harvest on the farm for some fee.

“We heard the rumours that some women were also killed but it is not true. The governor was here; we confirmed to him that those slain were all males. So, I don’t know where that rumour emanated from, but definitely not from our village.”

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