Boko Haram terrorists have attacked Damasak space of Borno State, killing two civilians and taking pictures a humanitarian helicopter belonging to the United Nations mission, which was badly broken.
The UN Resident Coordinator in Nigeria, Mr Edward Kallon, confirmed the terrorists’ assault on Saturday, condemned the taking pictures of the plan, and known as on the Federal Authorities to convey the perpetrators to justice.
A supply on the UN Mission Home in Maiduguri, Borno State advised one among our correspondents that the UN had suspended its air expeditions within the troubled North-East for no less than one week.
In line with Kallon, the UN Humanitarian Air Service is important to evacuate injured civilians and in 2019 transported 66,271 passengers and 147 megatons of humanitarian help.
He due to this fact lamented that the assault on UN helicopter would have an effect on the organisation’s skill to achieve distant areas.
The UN chief stated, “I’m gravely involved by studies of one other violent assault by non-state armed teams in Damasak wherein no less than two civilians misplaced their lives, together with a five-year previous baby. A number of others have been injured, and a humanitarian helicopter was hit, sustaining critical harm.
“I welcome the federal government’s dedication to analyze the assault and swiftly convey to justice the perpetrators. A UN Humanitarian Air Service helicopter was hit by bullets in the course of the assault. No help staff have been on board on the time and crew members are all secure.
“I name on all events to permit and facilitate secure and unimpeded entry for humanitarians to ship life-saving help to essentially the most weak individuals within the north-east. Insecurity and violent assaults proceed to hamper the flexibility of individuals to entry primary companies or livelihoods and get better from the protracted disaster in North-East Nigeria. I name on the Nigerian authorities to bolster the protection and safety of all humanitarian staff.”
In the meantime one of many UN staff, who spoke on situation of anonymity, added, “The helicopter was on a flight to select some help staff from Damasak to Maiduguri on Friday however the journey was abruptly aborted after the plane was shot by some members of the terrorist group utilizing surface-to-air missiles.
“The unlucky growth pressured the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator to order the suspension of all of the company’s air expeditions within the space for per week.”