Guterres denounces terrorist attacks in Nigeria

Guterres denounces terrorist attacks in Nigeria

Agency News

United Nations, Nov 27: United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guteress has censured recurrent attacks by terrorists and other extremist groups in northern Nigeria that have claimed many lives.

'Those who violate international humanitarian, human rights and refugee law must be held accountable,' UN Chief's spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said in a statement on Monday.

Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari has vowed to end the insurgency across the north-east, which is the stronghold of the Boko Haram militant group, founded nearly a decade ago. National elections are due to be held in February next year.

Mr Guterres said the organisation 'stands in solidarity with the Government of Nigeria in its fight against terrorism and violent extremism.'

Mr Dujarraic also expressed the UN Chief's heartfelt condolences to the Government of Nigeria and to the families of those who have lost their life.

Earlier this month, a Nigerian military base in north-eastern Borno state was attacked by Islamist extremists, in which scores of soldiers were killed. Several other bases were said to have been targeted, reports said. (UNI )