The United States government has condemned the killing of three aid workers by Boko Haram terrorists during an attack in Rann, Borno State.
In a statement released by its embassy in Nigeria on Friday, the U.S. government extended its condolences to the families of the victims.
It also sympathised with every family whose loved ones were affected by the attack and other terrorist acts in the country.
On Thursday, the terrorists attacked an Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp, killing the three aid workers, while three others were injured and a female nurse missing.
Condemning the attack in the statement, the U.S. said, “We voice our heartfelt solidarity with all those humanitarian workers who work every day to help Nigerians affected by the ongoing insurgency, and with all those security forces and Nigerian citizens working together to end this terrorist violence.”
It, however, stated its firm commitment to ensuring humanitarian workers are protected and able to do their lifesaving work and to supporting Nigerians as they bravely work to ensure their nation’s security.
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari said the attack on humanitarian workers in Borno has shown the outlawed group as godless, brutish, and utterly to be despised.
Condemning the killing, he noted that cowardly attacks can only bolster the determination of the Federal Government to bring the Boko Haram insurgency to a decisive end, in the shortest possible time.
“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,” President Buhari said in a statement.
Two of the deceased aid workers were contractors with the International Organisation for Migration, working as coordinators in the camp for 55,000 IDPs who have fled their homes as a result of the insurgency.
The other deceased aid worker was a medical doctor employed as a third-party consultant with UNICEF.
The United Nations also condemned the attack and asked the Nigerian government to ensure the killers of the aid workers are brought to book.