UN chief condemns deadly Boko Haram attack in Chad

Hadjara, 8, fled a Boko Haram attack against Baga in Nigeria with her family. She was shot during the attack and her arm had to be amputated at Baga-Sola hospital in Chad. Photo: OCHA/Caroline Birch

15 June 2015 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned a series of deadly bombings in the Chadian capital of N’Djamena which reportedly killed more than 25 people and injured dozens of others, according to a spokesperson for the United Nations.

In a statement issued earlier today, the UN spokesperson said the Secretary-General extends his heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims as well as to the Government and people of Chad and wished a “speedy recovery” to those injured.

Initial media reports suggest that Boko Haram is responsible for the suicide attacks which targeted two police buildings in N’Djamena. If confirmed, it would be the group’s latest attack in the region.

In addition to its ongoing terror campaign, the Boko Haram threat in northern Nigeria has provoked a growing refugee crisis and caused widespread displacement with an estimated 200,000 people already seeking safety in neighbouring Niger, Cameroon and Chad amid ongoing regional efforts to counter the extremist group’s reach.

On that note, Mr. Ban commended Chad for its “courageous role” in the fight against Boko Haram as part of a larger Multinational Joint Task Force and stressed “the importance of enhanced collaboration” among countries in West and Central Africa to more effectively combat the threat of Boko Haram.

“The Secretary-General reiterates that States must ensure that all measures taken to address the terrorist threat of Boko Haram comply with all their obligations under international humanitarian, human rights and refugee law,” the statement added.

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