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Nigeria: UN condemns terror attack on civilians

Nigeria: UN condemns terror attack on civilians
2 killed, several injured in Damasak after Boko Haram fires at aid helicopter

By Olarewaju Kola

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AA) - The UN on Saturday condemned a Boko Haram terror attack on civilians in a town in northeast Borno State that killed at least two people and injured several others.

Terrorists attacked Damasak, a volatile town along the Lake Chad shores Thursday, said UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria Edward Kallon.

"I am gravely concerned by reports of another violent attack by non-state armed group in Damasak," said Kallon. A five-year-old child was among the casualties.

The attack was not immediately reported because of a breakdown in telecommunication services in the area.

Kallon said an aid helicopter was badly damaged when Boko Haram fired at the aircraft. It was being used to facilitate humanitarian support to the civilian population in the vulnerable, hard-to-reach area after more than a decade of violence in the region.

The UN welcomed the government’s commitment to bring terrorists to justice, he said.

The attack was the second deadly assault that targeted civilians and aid workers within one month.

More than 30,000 people have been killed in the region since 2009 by Boko Haram, according to a report by the National Emergency Management Agency.

source: News Feed
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