Machete-wielding men killed three North Korean doctors last Saturday, using their weapons to slit the throats of two men and behead the third, the Associated Press reports.
The attack, suspected to be perpetrated by Islamic extremists, took place in northeastern Nigeria and comes just one day after a group of nine aid workers administering polio vaccines were killed in the northern region’s main city of Kano.
The physicians had been in Nigeria, which maintains diplomatic relations with North Korea, since 2005 as part of a technical exchange program.
The attackers apparently struck at the North Korean doctors inside their home, said Dr. Mohammed Mamman, chairman of the Hospital Managing Board of Yobe State. The North Korean doctors had no security guards at their residence and typically traveled around the city via three-wheel taxis without a police escort, officials said.
By the time soldiers arrived at the house, they found the doctors’ wives cowering in a flower bed outside their home. At the property, they found the corpses of the men, all bearing what appeared to be machete wounds.
An Associated Press journalist later saw the North Korean doctors’ corpses before they were moved to nearby Bauchi state for safe keeping. Two of the men had their throats slit. Attackers beheaded the other doctor.