Secretary-General Condemns Killing in Nigeria by Suspected Boko Haram Insurgents Targeting Eid al-Fitr Celebrations, Reiterates Support for Fighting Terrorism

SG/SM/19092
17 June 2018

Secretary-General Condemns Killing in Nigeria by Suspected Boko Haram Insurgents Targeting Eid al-Fitr Celebrations, Reiterates Support for Fighting Terrorism

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.

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