Zabarmari Massacre: Boko Haram Claims Responsibility in a new video, issues warning
NEWSMAN, Maiduguri – Abubakar Shekau’s faction of Boko Haram, Jama’atu Ahlussunnah Lidda’awati Wal Jihad, has released a new video in which it claims responsibility for killing 78 farmers in Zabarmari area of Borno State, on Saturday.
The migrant farmers from Sokoto State, were tied and beheaded by the terrorists on a rice farm, burning the farm they were cultivating afterwards.
In the new released three minutes 37-second video, titled “رسالة جديدة” (a new message), Boko Haram accused the farmers of arresting one of its members and handing him to the Nigerian military, HumAngle reported.
“You think you can nab our brother and hand him to soldiers and live in peace,” a masked commander of the group asked in the video.
“You think Allah will forget what you have done to our brother,” he asked rhetorically.
He also warned those who had arrested Boko Haram terrorists or has been spying against them to await a similar fate.
“The third message is on those who notoriously nab our brethren and hand them to the military or give them a clue on us,” he warned.
“You should know that, unless you repent, what happened to your people is awaiting you.”
Zabarmari is located less than 20 kilometres from the Counter-Insurgency Operation Lafiya Dole command centre in Maiduguri, the state capital.
On Sunday, 43 victims of the massacre were given a mass burial led by the state governor Babagana Umara Zulum.