Armed men on motorcycles, believed to be from the Boko Haram terrorist group, killed at least 110 farmworkers in rice fields in Nigeria’s conflict-hit Borno state. A United Nations official called it “the most violent direct attack against innocent civilians this year.”
“I am outraged and horrified by the gruesome attack against civilians,” Edward Kallon, the U.N. resident and humanitarian coordinator in Nigeria, said about the assault in the village of Koshobe and other rural communities near the northeast city of Maiduguri on Saturday, according to Bloomberg.
“At least 110 civilians were ruthlessly killed and many others were wounded in this attack,” the official said.
Kallon feared that several women may have been kidnapped.
“I call for the perpetrators of this heinous and senseless act to be brought to justice,” he added.