Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh in a statement strongly condemned the “brutal” terrorist attack on Nigerian farmers on Sunday, which killed more than 100 people.
Khatibzadeh on Monday expressed sympathy with the families of victims of the tragic incident, the people and government of Nigeria, according to the Foreign Ministry’s official website.
A United Nations official said on Sunday the attack by Boko Haram terrorists on rice farmers in Nigeria’s northeast left at least 110 dead, according to Bloomberg.
“I am outraged and horrified by the gruesome attack against civilians,” Edward Kallon, the UN resident and humanitarian coordinator in Nigeria said in an emailed statement. “At least 110 civilians were ruthlessly killed and many others were wounded in this attack.”
Governor of the Borno state, Babagana Zulum, where the attack occurred, said 43 victims were buried on Sunday at the Koshobe village in the Jere district. Terrorists ambushed farmers who were bringing in their rice harvest on Saturday.
“I condemn the killing of our hardworking farmers by terrorists,” President Muhammadu Buhari said in a statement released by his official spokesman. “The entire country is hurt by these senseless killings.”
Boko Haram terrorists have waged a campaign of violence since 2009 on Africa’s most populous country of more than 200 million people. The government estimates that more than 30,000 people have died in the conflict that has also displaced some two million people and has spread to neighboring countries including Niger, Chad and Cameroon.