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Boko Haram Shoots United Nations Helicopter, Two Killed

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Two civilians have been killed after Boko Haram terrorists opened hearth on a United Nations assist helicopter within the northeastern state of Borno on Saturday, July 4.


The assault got here after the terrorists warned civilians who assist humanitarian companies or the navy that they could possibly be killed.


Edward Kallon, the U.N.’s humanitarian coordinator in Nigeria, instructed AP {that a} 5-year-old baby was one of many victims.


The crew members weren’t harm and there have been no assist employees on board when bullets hit the helicopter.

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“The U.N. Humanitarian Air Service is important to evacuate wounded civilians and stays the spine to facilitating humanitarian entry,” Kallon mentioned.


Some 1.9 million individuals have been displaced by the decade-long Boko Haram violence in northeastern Nigeria.


The U.N. World Meals Program warns {that a} complete of three million individuals are dealing with starvation within the area because of the battle.


Safety has lengthy been a priority for assist teams working in northeastern Nigeria, the place humanitarian employees are sometimes kidnapped and killed by terrorists.

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President Muhammadu Buhari has vowed that there can be penalties.


“This newest cowardly assault on the UN humanitarian helicopter is yet one more determined rear guard motion by the Boko Haram terrorists who’ve been beneath intense stress from the Nigerian navy,” the president mentioned.


“Let me reassure the worldwide neighborhood and Nigerians that this newest cowardly assault on a UN helicopter which claimed the lives of two individuals, together with a five-year-old child, wouldn’t go with out extreme penalties.

“Boko Haram terrorists are clearly on the again foot and their rising assaults on harmless civilians, together with UN humanitarian employees, is a part of their desperation to show that they’re sturdy with the intention to cowl up their dwindling fortunes.”

Based on the president, the safety of foreigners and Nigerians stay the highest precedence of his administration, including “we will go away no stone unturned till we get rid of these remorseless enemies of humanity.”


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Greater than 50,000 individuals have been killed by Boko Haram within the northeast since 2009.


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