The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General António Guterres:
The Secretary-General condemns the killing in the Damboa local government area of Borno State, north-eastern Nigeria, on 16 June by suspected Boko Haram insurgents targeting Eid al-Fitr celebrations. The Secretary-General expresses his condolences to the affected families and to the Government and people of Nigeria and wishes those injured a swift recovery.
The Secretary-General stresses that attacks targeting civilians violate international humanitarian law, and he calls for those responsible for this attack to be swiftly brought to justice.
The Secretary-General reiterates the United Nations solidarity and support with the affected Governments in their fight against terrorism and violent extremism in the Lake Chad Basin and the greater Sahel region.