Three aid workers and at least nine others were confirmed killed in a Boko Haram attack in Rann, Borno state following a surprise Boko Haram attack on Thursday night at the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp in the town.
“Of the aid workers that were killed, two worked for the IOM (International Organization for Migration) in camp management; and one was a medical doctor working as a third party consultant for UNICEF,” said Samantha Newport, a UN spokeswoman in Abuja.
In addition, several people were injured and abducted. All those killed, injured or missing were Nigerian.
Witnesses say the militants had superior firepower and were “armed with automatic weapons, rocket propelled grenades and gun trucks.”
President Muhammadu Buhari: “As I have always maintained, no true religion advocates hurting the innocent. To now further attack and kill those offering humanitarian aid is the height of bestiality. It is odious before both God and man.”
Senate President Bukola Saraki: “Last night’s despicable attack that led to the deaths of several aid workers is a callous and cowardly act. Our security forces must not relent until they bring the perpetrators of this atrocity to justice.”
The UN’s humanitarian coordinator in Nigeria, Edward Kallon: “Aid workers put their lives on the line every single day to provide emergency assistance to vulnerable women, children and men. Our deepest condolences go to the families of the victims and our brave colleagues and we call on authorities to ensure the perpetrators are brought to justice and account.”