OIC chief condemns killing of 31 fishermen in Nigeria

Jeddah (IINA) � The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) condemned Sunday's brutal killing and maiming of 31 fishermen in two separate attacks on Duguri and Dabar Wanzam islands in Lake Chad, northeastern Nigeria.

OIC Secretary General Dr. Yousef Al-Othaimeen denounced the cowardly attacks � claimed by the Boko Haram extremist group, which continues to deny innocent people the legitimate pursuit of their livelihood � as a gross act of inhumanity. He called for an end to such heinous crimes of mass murder and conveyed his deep sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims, the government and people of Nigeria over the tragic incident.

Al-Othaimeen reaffirmed the OIC's full solidarity with the authorities in Nigeria and those in the Lake Chad region in their collective efforts through the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF), to combat the violent group which has caused massive displacement and impoverishment of the population in the Lake Chad Basin.

The secretary general urged countries in the region not to relent in the fight against extremists and to also continuously adapt to their ever changing evil tactics.

Source: International Islamic News Agency