Ban deplores twin suicide bomb attack on camp for displaced persons in northeast Nigeria

This family fled north-east Nigeria across the border to Diffa, Niger, in fear of attacks by the terrorist group Boko Haram. Photo: OCHA/Franck Kuwonu

11 February 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today condemned the recent double suicide attack carried out by suspected Boko Haram elements in the Dikwa Camp in Borno State in restive northeastern Nigeria.

“[Mr. Ban] deplores the death of scores of internally displaced persons (IDP) and injuries to many others,” said a statement issued by his spokesperson, referring to the February twin suicide bombings on the IDP camp, which, according to media reports, left more than 70 people dead and at least that many injured.

“The Secretary-General extends his deepest sympathy and condolences to the Government and people of Nigeria and to the bereaved families. He also wishes a speedy recovery to those injured,” said the statement.

The UN chief in his statement also called for an end to all acts of terrorism and sectarian violence in Nigeria and reaffirmed the support of the United Nations to the Government in its fight against the scourge.

“He reiterates his call for a comprehensive approach to preventing and countering the scourge of terrorism, and addressing its root causes in compliance with international humanitarian, human rights and refugee law,” the statement concluded.


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