At least 110 people were killed in an attack on a village in northeast Nigeria that was blamed on Boko Haram A jihadist group, according to the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in the country.
And Edward Callon said in a statement after an initial toll indicated 43 dead, then at least 70 dead from Saturday massacre By suspected Boko Haram fighters.
“The incident is the most violent direct attack against innocent civilians this year,” Calon said, adding: “I call for the perpetrators of this heinous, meaningless act to be brought to justice.”
The attack took place in Kushobi village, near the city of Maiduguri, where assailants targeted farmers in rice fields. On Sunday, Governor of Borno State Papagana, Amara Zolum, attended the burial of 43 bodies recovered in the nearby village of Zubarmari on Saturday, saying that the death toll may rise after the resumption of search operations.
The attackers handcuffed agricultural workers and slaughtered their throats, according to an anti-jihadist militia loyal to the government. The victims were among workers from Sokoto state in the northwest of the country NigeriaAbout 1,000 kilometers (600 miles) away, they traveled to the northeast to search for work. Six others were injured in the attack and eight remained missing as of Saturday.
Calon referred to “reports that several women may have been kidnapped,” and called for their immediate release and return to safety.
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari condemned the attack, saying, “The whole country has been wounded by these foolish killings.”
The attack occurred as voters were heading to the polls in a long-delayed local election in Borno state. The elections have been repeatedly delayed due to increased attacks by Boko Haram and the rival dissident faction, ISWAP.
The two groups accused of increasing attacks on loggers, farmers and fishermen, whom they accuse of spying for the army and pro-government militias.