Attack on United Nations aid workers 'height of bestiality'

Ebony Scott
March 3, 2018

A fourth aid worker may also have been killed and another was feared abducted, Reuters quoted the spokeswoman as saying.

The attack happened "after dark" outside a camp housing some 55,000 people displaced by the conflict and appeared to target the military, said United Nations spokeswoman Samantha Newport told AFP.

"Alarmingly, the number of attacks on aid workers is increasing around the world, and we must stand together to reaffirm our commitment to protect them".

The raid in the town of Rann marks the latest high-profile assault by the jihadists in the northeast, coming less than two weeks after militants abducted 110 girls from a school in the town of Dapchi in neighbouring Yobe state.

President Buhari said the attack on humanitarian workers in Rann more than ever showed Boko Haram insurgents as godless, brutish, and utterly to be despised.

"In a statement, the European Union said humanitarian workers should not be a target and described the incident as a senseless violence and great violation of all humanitarian principles, Xinhua reported".

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"We extend our deepest condolences to the families of the victims, and to every family whose loved ones have been affected by this and other terrorist acts".

Two were working for the International Organization of Migration, and one was a contracted medical doctor working for UNICEF.

Although it has failed to control large areas of land since then, the group continues to carry out suicide bombings and gun raids in northeast Nigeria, Cameroon, Niger and Chad.

Also Friday, Nigeria's information ministry said the government has extended the search for 110 girls, who were taken from their school in the town of Dapchi, in the northeastern state of Yobe, by suspected Boko Haram militants on February 19.

"The clearance operations progressed further into other identified insurgents' camps around Tchikide and Chinene, where the troops ferociously engaged and cleared pockets of resistance by the insurgents and killed five of them", he said.

He said:"My prayers are with the people of Rann, Borno State at this time".

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