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Just in: Boko Haram attacks Borno village, four farmers killed

Four farmers have been killed in a suspected Boko Haram attack in northeastern Nigeria, civilian militia and residents said on Monday.

The attack, near Molai village some five kilometres (three miles) from the Borno state capital Maiduguri, was blamed on fighters loyal to factional leader Abubakar Shekau.

“The four victims had their throats slit,” Ibrahim Liman of the Civilian Joint Task Force assisting the military with security told AFP.

One of the militants used the mobile phone of one of the farmers to say they had killed four and abducted two others, local resident Usman Gana said.

“They informed us we should come and collect their bodies,” he said.

The attacks underline the persistent threat to civilians in northeastern Nigeria, where more than 27,000 people have been killed since Boko Haram’s Islamist insurgency began in 2009.

The military has succeeded in pushing the group out of urban centres but rural areas remain hard to secure. Farmers and those collecting firewoods have been repeatedly targeted.

Molai has been hit several times during attempted raids on Maiduguri.