US Commiserates With Nigeria Over Raid On Bornu Villages

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The United States of America on Monday condemned the killing of villagers in Baanu, Nganzai Local Government Area of Borno State on Friday.

It said the raid on the villages was tragic and equally extended its condolence to the families of those killed and the injured.

Boko Haram militants had invaded Baanu on Friday killing and maiming many of the villagers.

In a statement issued by the spokesman of the US Department of State, John Kirby, the US said the violence being perpetrated by the sect was taking a huge toll on the North east.



    It also expressed sadness at the continued captivity of the Chibok girls.

    “These recent raids are just additional examples of the horrific and indiscriminate violence that Boko Haram continues to use to terrorise civilians in the North-East of Nigeria and the Lake Chad Basin region. August 27 marked the 500th day since Boko Haram kidnapped 276 girls from their school in Chibok.  We send our continued condolences to the families and loved ones of the girls who remain missing.  The kidnapping of the schoolgirls in Chibok galvanised international attention for the Boko Haram conflict,” it said.

    The US also pledged its continued support to the governments and people of the Lake Chad Basin region in the countries in their concerted struggle against insurgency.

    It said it would continue to provide support via a number of security and counter-terrorism assistance programmes, which would provide intelligence, advisors, training, equipment, and logistics.


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