UN Humanitarian Chief condemns bombings in Nigeria

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UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria Edward Kallon (REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde)
UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria Edward Kallon (REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde)

The UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Edward Kallon, has condemned the multiple suicide bombings in the Borno State that killed 30 people and injured 40 others.

Through a statement released on Monday, Kallon said that it was a sad day for civilians in northwest Nigeria and for the humanitarians who are working to help them. Among the deceased was a community volunteer who was contributing to the humanitarian response in the area.

“The UN and its partners deplore these abhorrent acts of violence and call for those responsible for these attacks to be swiftly brought to justice”

We hope all those injured can access the urgent medical attention they require and wish them a full recovery,” Kallon said.

The attack happened on Sunday evening in the Borno state capital Maiduguri, when three bombers detonated their explosives as football fans were watching a match on TV.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack although it bears the hallmarks of Boko Haram, which is seeking to impose a hardline Islamic law in Nigeria’s mainly-Muslim north.

Boko Haram has targeted Konduga in the past, including a February 2018 triple suicide bombing at a fish market that killed at least 18 people. In July, a suicide bomber detonated his explosives in a mosque in Konduga, killing eight worshipers.

According to the UN, since the start of the conflict in 2009, more than 27,000 people have been killed.

The UN Secretary-General, in a statement on 17 June, also condemning the attacks against
civilians in Konduga, reiterated the solidarity of the United Nations with the people and
Government of Nigeria.

 

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