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Pope condemns Borno massacre of farmers

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POPE Francis has condemned and described the killing of farmers and villagers in Borno State, Northeast Nigeria by suspected Islamist militants as a `terroristic massacre’ that offended the name of God.

  The Bishop of Rome and head of the Roman Catholic Church made this known during his usual weekly general audience, held virtually from his library in the Vatican because of the coronavirus pandemic.

  “I want to assure my prayers for Nigeria,

which unfortunately, once again, has been bloodied by a terroristic massacre,” Pope Francis said.

 “May God welcome them into his peace and comfort their families, and may he convert the hearts of those who commit such horrors, which gravely offend His name,” he continued.

  About 43 rice farmers were beheaded in the attack, which began on Saturday morning in the village of Zabarmari, in the Jere local government Area of Borno State.

  Boko Haram has since claimed responsibility for the attack that has attracted both local and international condemnation.

  Meanwhile, in his latest video released, Abubakar Shekau, leader of the terrorist sect, said 78 farmers were killed as against the 43 earlier reported.

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