The United Nations (UN) has revealed that Boko Haram killed no fewer than 110 civilians in the attack on a rice field in Borno state.
Earlier reports had put the death toll at 43 in Boko Haram’s deadly attack on a rice field in Borno on Saturday, while several others were missing.
A statement by the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Mr. Edward Kallon, on Sunday, while describing the attack as gruesome, said that no fewer than 110 people were killed and many others injured in one of the terror group’s deadliest attacks. , which have besieged the Northeast for more than a decade.
Kallon said: “I am outraged and horrified by the appalling attack on civilians carried out by non-state armed groups in villages near the Borno state capital, Maiduguri.
“At least 110 civilians were mercilessly killed and many others injured in this attack.”
He revealed that: “In the early afternoon of November 28, armed men on motorcycles carried out a brutal attack on civilian men and women who were harvesting their fields in Koshobe and other rural communities in the local government area of Jere . The reports we are receiving indicate that these innocent farmers were victims of this cruel violence. “
Kallon, while condoning the government and people of Nigeria, said: “I extend my deepest condolences to the families of the civilians who lost their lives in this heinous attack. I also wish a speedy recovery to those injured in the incident.
Kallon also lamented that several women may have been kidnapped in the attack.
He said: “We have also received reports that several women may have been abducted. I ask for his immediate release and his return to safety. “
He added that: “My thoughts are also with the rural communities in the area, who are shocked by the brutality of the attack yesterday (Saturday) and fear for their safety.”
He said: “The entire UN system and humanitarian community working to provide development assistance and to save lives to the most vulnerable in Borno state is outraged by the incident. These direct attacks on innocent civilians jeopardize the ability of the most vulnerable people to survive the adversity they face and which we strive to alleviate.
He said: “The incident is the most violent direct attack against innocent civilians this year. I ask that the perpetrators of this heinous and senseless act be brought to justice. “
He lamented that: “Unfortunately, it is one of many such attacks targeting farmers, fishermen and families who are trying to regain some livelihood opportunity after more than a decade of conflict.”
He said: “I strongly condemn this attack and any act of violence against innocent civilians and strongly urge all actors on the ground to respect international law and humanity.”
The statement read: “Rural communities in Borno state face incalculable difficulties. Helping them farm land and rebuild their livelihoods is among our priorities and the only way to avoid the looming food crisis in Borno state. They and all other civilians must be protected and freed from any kind of violence. “
She noted that: “Innocent women, children and men desperately need food and other support and assistance, especially at a time when we experience some of the highest levels of food insecurity in Borno state. We must do everything we can to help them survive these difficult times. “