Nigeria : Death Tolls Moves To 110

Several days after the killing, no terrorists group has claimed responsibility for the macabre act.

 Over 110 people are now known to have been killed after the gruesome massacre in north eastern Nigeria, the United Nations has said, as the tolls keep rising. 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.

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“Armed men on motorcycles led a brutal attack on civilian men and women who were harvesting their fields. At least 110 civilians were ruthlessly killed and many others were wounded in this attack with several women believed to have been kidnapped,” Edward Kallon, the UN’s humanitarian coordinator in Nigeria, said in a statement on Sunday.

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The incident is the most violent direct attack against innocent civilians this year. 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.

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Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has denounced the latest massacre. “I condemn the killing of our hard-working farmers by terrorists in Borno state. The entire country is hurt by these senseless killings,” the president said via his spokesman.

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Security analyst Sulaiman Aledeh he told Al Jazeera from Lagos that many people in the country are growing frustrated with the authorities’ inability to contain the conflict. After the incident in Niger that saw the killing of 89 soldiers, President Mahamadou Issoufou, sacked his security chiefs. So Nigerians are asking why he (President Buhari) is keeping these military chiefs who are unable to provide adequate security to the civilian population,”.

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