The United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, has condemned the killing of five aid workers in Nigeria by an armed group suspected to be Boko Haram terrorists and demanded that the perpetrators be brought to justice.
“The Secretary-General strongly condemns the killing, on July 22, of five civilians, including three aid workers from ACTED, the International Rescue Committee (IRC), and Action Against Hunger (ACF), by an armed group in northern Borno State, northeastern Nigeria,” a statement from his office read.
Mr. Guterres expressed his deepest condolences to the families of the victims and to the Government and people of Nigeria.
He called on the Nigerian authorities to spare no effort in identifying and swiftly bringing to justice the perpetrators of these killings.
The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the killing of four aid workers and a security guard in Nigeria’s north-eastern Borno state.
A photograph, published by the Islamic State’s newspaper, shows five men wearing civilian clothing sitting on the ground, blindfolded.
Standing behind them are five other armed men wearing military clothing, with their faces covered.
The image appears to be a screen grab from a propaganda video. The Islamic State in West Africa Province, Iswap, is a splinter group of the Islamist extremist group Boko Haram.
The aid workers were kidnapped last month and their deaths confirmed earlier this week.
It underlines the risks humanitarian workers face in north-eastern Nigeria.
The region has seen more than a decade of violence from Boko Haram that has forced more than two million people from their homes and killed more than 30,000. (Source: BBC)