United Natuions Secretary-General António Guterres, has condemned Saturday night attacks in Damboa, Borno by suspected Boko Haram insurgents targeting Eid el-Fitr celebrations.
The UN chief expressed his condolences to the affected families and to the Government and people of Nigeria and wished those injured a swift recovery.
According to reports, about 21 persons were killed, while 84 others were injured when suicide bombers detonated Improvised Explosive Devices in Damboa local government area of Borno in northeastern Nigeria.
The Secretary-General, in a statement by his Spokesperson, Stéphane Dujarric, stressed that attacks targeting civilians violated international humanitarian law.
The UN chief called for those responsible for the attacks to be swiftly brought to justice.
Guterres reiterated the United Nations’ solidarity with the countries fighting against terrorism and violent extremism across Africa’s Lake Chad Basin and Greater Sahel region.
However, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Ms. Myrta Kaulard, has condemned the twin suicide attacks.
The Damboa attack is one of the deadliest the town had ever witnessed, she said in a statement issued in Abuja by signed Mr Abiodun Banire, the National Public Information Officer, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
“Our deepest condolences go to the families of the victims in Damboa and to the Government and people of Nigeria. We wish the injured speedy recovery, civilians consistently bear the brunt of the conflict.
“Over 200 women, children and men have now been killed in indiscriminate attacks in the North-East since the beginning of the year, including in the town of Mubi last month in Adamawa State.
“I urge the Government of Nigeria to further step up protection of people.”