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Boko Haram: US Condemns Attacks On North-East Villages

JohnKirbyOutraged by the killings of villagers in Baanu, Nganzai Local

Government Area of Borno State on Friday by Boko Haram insurgents, the
United States has condemned the continuous attacks of the group on
villages in the North-East villages in the country.

The US noted while extending its condolence to the families of those
killed and the injured that the latest killings were just examples of
violence being perpetrated by the terror sect.

In a statement on Monday by John Kirby, Spokesperson for the US
Department of State, it said, “These recent raids are just additional

examples of the horrific and indiscriminate violence that Boko Haram
continues to use to terrorise civilians in the North-East of Nigeria
and the Lake Chad Basin region.

“August 27 marked the 500th day since Boko Haram kidnapped 276 girls
from their school in Chibok. We send our continued condolences to the
families and loved ones of the girls who remain missing. The
kidnapping of the schoolgirls in Chibok galvanised international
attention for the Boko Haram conflict.

“It is one of many attacks, kidnappings, raids and other acts of
indiscriminate violence that continue on a frequent basis in Nigeria,
Chad, Niger and Cameroon.”

The US pledged its continued support to the governments and people of
the Lake Chad Basin region in the countries’ struggle to defeat Boko
Haram.

“We contribute to these efforts through a number of security and
counter-terrorism assistance programmes, which provide intelligence,
advisors, training, equipment, and logistics. We actively provide
support on a bilateral basis and through the Multinational Joint Task
Force, which the Lake Chad Basin countries and Benin are standing up
to coordinate the regional efforts to counter Boko Haram,” it added.

By Patrick Aigbokhan

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