UN chief condemns double suicide bombing in north-east Nigeria

Schools burned by Boko Haram in 2013 in Maiduguri, capital of Borno State, northeastern Nigeria. Photo: IRIN/Aminu Abubaka

17 March 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned yesterday’s double suicide attacks in Maiduguri in Nigeria’s restive Borno state by suspected Boko Haram elements, which left 20 people dead and many injured.

In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban extended his heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims and wishes a speedy recovery to those injured in the attack.

According to media reports, two dozen people were killed and nearly that many were injured after an attack by two suicide bombers on a mosque on the outskirts of Maiduguri in north-east Nigeria.

“The Secretary-General also reiterates the UN’s support to the Nigerian Government in its fight against terrorism, which should be grounded in international humanitarian, human rights and refugee law,” the statement concluded.

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