Boko Haram’s suspected attack killed UN Aid workers in Nigeria

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Boko Haram attacked a military base in North-Eastern Nigeria. Several fighters attacked the base in the town of Rann in Borno state late on Thursday but were pushed back by armed forces after a gunfight.

 

The attack happened on Thursday evening in Rann, near the border with Cameroon, where nearly 80,000 people depend on emergency food aid and medical care. At least one aid worker was critically injured and another three were missing. Eight Nigerian soldiers were also killed.

The United nations call on Nigerian authorities to ensure the perpetrators are brought to justice and account.

“According to the UN source, two of them [aid workers] had been working with the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), and one was a medical doctor with UNICEF,” he stressed, adding that “A fourth worker, whose identity has not yet been established, is also suspected to have died and another one was apparently abducted.”

The attack comes shortly after the group abducted 110 girls from a school in the town of Dapchi, West of Rann, a major setback for Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari who had vowed to improve security and defeat Boko Haram.

Borno state is the part of Nigeria that is worst hit by the Boko Haram attacks, which have continued despite repeated assertions by the government and military since 2016 that they had defeated the armed group.

More than 20,000 people have been killed, and over two million have been forced to flee their homes since 2009 when the group waged an armed campaign in North-Eastern Nigeria.

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