“The incident is the most violent direct attack on innocent civilians this year,” said Kallon. “I demand that the perpetrators of this heinous and senseless act be brought to justice.”
The Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari also condemned the attack near the regional capital Maiduguri. “The whole country has been wounded by these senseless killings,” he said. The act occurred on the day of the first regional elections in Borno since 2009. Because of the continuing violence by Islamist militias, the election had been postponed again and again.
Attacks on farmers, woodworkers, ranchers and fishermen
According to the militia leader Babakura Kolo, whose militia is fighting against Boko Haram, the victims were attacked while they were working in rice fields in the village of Koshobe. Then they are said to have been tied up. Then their throats were cut. The attack was “without a doubt” carried out by fighters from the Boko Haram militia, said Kolo. The Islamists killed a total of 22 farm workers in two attacks near Maiduguri in October.
Boko Haram and Iswap, the West African branch of the jihadist militia IS, had recently increasingly attacked farmers, woodworkers, cattle farmers and fishermen because they allegedly worked as informants for the army.