New York

17 July 2015

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on multiple Boko Haram attacks in Nigeria

The Secretary-General condemns the terrorist attacks that killed over 60 people in the towns of Gombe and Damaturu in northeast Nigeria over the last two days.

These heinous crimes came as the victims, along with Nigerians nationwide, were conducting Eid prayers, a sacred time for families and communities to come together. As such, the attacks constitute an assault on the beliefs of all people.

The Secretary-General offers his condolences to the families and loved ones of the deceased, and wishes a speedy recovery to the injured.

The Secretary-General reaffirms his solidarity with the people of Nigeria and reiterates the UN’s support for the Nigerian government in its fight against terrorism, while upholding human rights.