Iran's Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham In a message released on Saturday expressed deep concern over the death of innocent people. She called for an immediate release of the abductees.
On Friday Nigeria's military confirmed a deadly onslaught by Boko Haram in Gumsuri yet asserted reports of a mass kidnapping needed to be verified then.
A statement from Nigeria’s defense ministry spokesman Chris Olukolade said, "Troops have been patrolling the general area of Gumsuri in search for terrorists,"
"Even though it has been verified that some people were killed by the terrorists in the attack, the reported abductions as claimed by unidentified sources which have been quoted in some foreign media are yet to be verified by any credible sources within the community," he had said.
At least thirty-two people were killed in the attack which began late on Sunday and more than 185 others, mostly children and women, were reportedly kidnapped, witnesses and local officials were quoted as saying.
The attack enlivened memories of the mass abductions in the nearby town of Chibok which took place in April, when more than two hundred girls were captured by the militants in a raid on a local school.