110 civilians killed in Nigeria after ‘Boko Haram attack’
Published: 02:41 PM, 30 November 2020 Updated: 07:23 PM, 30 November 2020
At least 110 civilians have been killed and many others injured in an attack by suspected Boko Haram fighters on a village in north-east Nigeria.
Edward Kallon, the UN’s humanitarian coordinator in Nigeria, said in a statement on Sunday: “The incident is the most violent direct attack against innocent civilians this year. I call for the perpetrators of this heinous and senseless act to be brought to justice.”
The killings took place in the early afternoon of Saturday in the village of Koshobe and other rural communities in the Jere local government area near Maiduguri, the capital of the conflict-hit Borno state.
“Armed men on motorcycles led a brutal attack on civilian men and women who were harvesting their fields,” Edward Kallon said.
Several women are believed to have been kidnapped, he added.
There has been no claim of responsibility for the attack, but the armed group Boko Haram and its splinter faction, the Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP), have carried out a series of deadly assaults in the area in recent years.
Both groups are active in the region, where fighters have killed more than 30,000 people in the past decade during an armed campaign that has displaced some two million and has spread to neighbouring countries including Niger, Chad and Cameroon.