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UN Secretary General condemns terror attacks in Nigeria

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres

UNITED NATIONS––Antonio Guterres, the UN secretary-general criticized Tuesday’s terrorist attack which killed at least 27 people in Nigeria,

In a statement released by UN scribe’s spokesman Stephane Dujarric late Tuesday night, the UN chief called for those responsible for the attacks in Nigeria and neighboring countries to be swiftly brought to justice.

Secretary-General António Guterres (front left) on his way to speak to journalists at a press encounter. Also pictured, Maher Nasser (center), Acting Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications and Head of the Department of Public Information (DPI). 16 August 2017 United Nations, New York

The secretary-general restated the UN’s unanimity with the people and government of Nigeria in the fight against terrorism and violent extremism, said the statement.

Guterres also renewed the UN’s pledge to support the counter-terrorism initiatives of the Lake Chad Basin Commission, it said.

At least 27 people were left dead and many others wounded on Tuesday after two separate suicide attacks in the northeastern Nigerian state of Borno.

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Ben Mabande

Ben Mabande is a researcher and senior contributing reporter with Globe Afrique Media.
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