Top Islamic authority Al Azhar condemns Boko Haram attack in Nigeria
Egypt’s leading Islamic institution, Al Azhar, has strongly condemned a deadly attack in the Nigerian city of Maiduguri, which left at least 70 civilians dead.
In a statement, Al Azhar said that the targeting of innocent civilians represents a terrorist act, which violates the teachings of all religions, including Islam. It added that all religious faiths call for the respecting and protection of places of worship, and criminalise any transgression against them.
Militants killed at least 70 farm workers in rice fields near Maiduguri, in the northeast of the country, on Saturday, news agencies and Nigerian media reported.
The attack, which injured six others, took place in the village of Koshobe in Nigeria’s restive Borno state. A local anti-jihadist militia told the AFP news agency that the fighters tied up the farm workers and slit their throats.
Although no group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack, a local anti-jihadist militia said Boko Haram was likely behind the killings.