Boko Haram violence an 'affront to humanity,' Ban declares, reaffirms UN support to Nigerian Government

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Boko Haram violence an 'affront to humanity,' Ban declares, reaffirms UN support to Nigerian Government

Une station de bus au Nigéria visée par un attentat à la bombe par Boko Haram. Photo Ikechukwu Ibe/IRIN
Aftermath of Boko Haram’s bombing of the Nyanya bus park in Abuja, Nigeria. Photo: Ikechukwu Ibe/IRIN

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the bomb attacks of 2 October in the outskirts of Abuja, Nigeria, as well as the multiple suicide bombings of 1 October in the city of Maiduguri, capital of Borno State, all by suspected Boko Haram elements.

“The continuing violence by Boko Haram is an affront to international law, to humanity and to religious faith, said Mr. Ban in a statement issued yesterday evening by his spokesperson.

According to the statement, the UN chief extends his heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims and the Government of Nigeria, and wishes a speedy recovery to those injured. He reiterates the United Nations' support to the Nigerian Government in its fight against terrorism.

“The Secretary-General also recalls the vital importance and obligation to respect international humanitarian, human rights and refugee law in countering terrorism,” the statement concludes.