Guterres condemns killing of Nigerian rice farmers

Suspected members of the Islamic militant group Boko Haram reportedly killed at least 40 rice farmers.

United Nations: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has condemned the deadly attack against rice farmers carried out by suspected Boko Haram militants in Borno state.

Through a statement attributable to his spokesperson Stephane Dujarric, the UN chief on Sunday condemned “in the strongest terms the horrific attack on rice farm workers in Koshobe village, near the Borno state capital of Maiduguri by suspected militants on November 28, in which scores were reportedly killed and many others injured or abducted, including women,” reports Xinhua news agency.

Suspected members of the Islamic militant group Boko Haram reportedly killed at least 40 rice farmers.

The farmers were reportedly rounded up and summarily killed by armed insurgents in retaliation for a failed extortion attempt.

The Secretary-General extended his deepest condolences to the families of the deceased and to the people of Nigeria, wished a swift recovery to the injured, and called for immediate and safe returns of the abductees and those still reported missing.

“He hoped those responsible for these heinous crimes will be quickly brought to justice,” said the statement.

Guterres reaffirmed the UN’s commitment to supporting the Nigerian government in its fight against terrorism and violent extremism and in its response to pressing humanitarian needs in the northeast of the country, the statement added.

Boko Haram has been trying to establish an Islamist state in northeastern Nigeria since 2009, extending its attacks to countries in the Lake Chad Basin.

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