At least 110 civilian farmers have been killed and many others wounded while harvesting crops in an apparent terrorist attack in Nigeria’s northeastern Borno State, United Nations officials said.
Edward Kallon, the UN resident and humanitarian coordinator in Nigeria, said the “gruesome attack” was carried out on Saturday by armed men on motorcycles, targeting people harvesting rice fields in Koshobe and nearby rural areas.
Several women may also have been kidnapped during the assaults in an area where the Boko Haram Islamist insurgency has been active in recent years.
“I extend my sincere condolences to the families of the civilians who lost their lives in this atrocious attack,” Kallon said while demanding the “immediate release and return to safety” of those kidnapped in the assault.
No one immediately claimed responsibility for the incident, but Kallon said the massacre stood out as “the most violent attack against innocent civilians this year” in Nigeria, where Boko Haram has claimed thousands of lives and displaced millions from their homes.
“The killing of rice farmers in … Borno State is tragic and condemnable,” Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari tweeted. SOVEREIGNPH