34 lives lost in recent B’Haram attacks, UN kicks

The UN Deputy Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Mr. Yassine Gaba, has condemned the deadly combined attack on three villages in Borno state that claimed 34 lives with injure of 90 persons on Sunday night.

Gaba condemned the attack in a statement made available to journalists in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital.

According to him, the recent weeks have seen a steady continuation of attacks on civilians in the three most conflict-affected states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe, in the Northeast.

Gaba in the statement also said: “Since the beginning of the year, reportedly, at least 120 civilian women, children and men were killed and over 210 sustained serious injuries.

“In over 22 attacks allegedly by non-state armed groups have directly targeted civilians. Besides, civilians are also regularly abducted, as in Dapchi, Yobe State, where 110 school girls were taken on 19 February.

“Innocent civilians continue to suffer daily from direct and indiscriminate attacks in the north-east of Nigeria.”

He said as there was endless numbers of explosions, brutal killings, abductions and looting continue to uproot lives of women, children, all parties to the conflict to end this violence.

He noted that the parties should also respect human life and dignity, adding that “the protection of civilians is a major focus of the ongoing humanitarian response in the north-east; where 7.7 million people remain in dire need of humanitarian assistance.

The UN Chief further noted that such assistance include food, shelter, water and health care, in the most conflict-affected states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe.

He said since the start of the conflict in 2009, more than 20,000 people have been killed, thousands of girls, women, boys and men have been abducted and children continue to be used routinely as so-called “suicide” bombers.

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