UN reacts to Boko Haram attack that killed 5-year-old child

UN reacts to Boko Haram attack that killed 5-year-old child

- The United Nations said two civilians were killed by Boko Haram insurgents on Thursday, July 2, in northeast Nigeria

- One of them was a five-year-old child while several others sustained injuries

- UN humanitarian coordinator in Nigeria Edward Kallon has condemned the attack which occurred in the town of Damasak, Borno state

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An attack by Boko Haram insurgents in Damasak, Borno state left two persons dead, including a five-year-old.

The United Nations on Saturday, July 4, disclosed that several other persons were sustained injuries during the attack.

Edward Kallon, resident/humanitarian coordinator of the United Nations in Nigeria, has condemned an attack which he said happened on July 2.

Kallon disclosed that a UN humanitarian chopper was hit by bullets in the attack, leading to serious damage. Fortunately, no aid workers were on board at the time of the incident.

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He commended the crew members who piloted the chopper back to safety during the critical situation.

UN reacts to Boko Haram attack that killed 5-year-old child

Edward Kallon has called for urgent action to ensure safety of residents and aid workers. Photo Credit: @EdwardKallon Twitter
Source: UGC

According to him, such attacks will negatively affect the ability of aid actors to provide urgently needed assistance to vulnerable people in remote areas across the northeastern state.

“I extend my sincere condolences to the families of the civilians who lost their lives in the attack and wish a prompt recovery to those injured," his statement read.

Kallon is calling on the government to ensure that the incident is investigated and the perpetrators are brought to justice.

“I strongly condemn any attack against civilians, humanitarian assets or aid workers and call on all armed parties to respect international humanitarian law and international human rights law, and ensure the protection of civilians, humanitarian property and personnel,” he added.

Some weeks ago, the defence headquarters (DHQ) confirmed that 81 people were recently killed by Boko Haram in Borno state.

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The defence spokesman, Major General John Enenche, told Channels TV on Friday, June 12, that the killing was a revenge attack by insurgents on the people for revealing their locations to the Nigerian military.

Meanwhile, a group of community-based organisations in Nigeria under the aegis of People’s Parliament has called for collaboration between Nigerians and the troops fighting insurgency in the northeast region.

The group condemned the calls for the sack of Nigeria's service chiefs in some quarters.

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