US condemns use of minors in suicide attacksFrom OKORO CHINEDU in Lagos, Nigeria
LAGOS, (CAJ News) – THE United States has denounced the latest attacks the Boko Haram sect has carried out in Nigeria and neighbouring Cameroon.
On Wednesday, while President Muhammadu Buhari was in the US, scores of people were killed after the indiscriminate suicide attacks on the central market and Barmare residential neighborhood of Maroua, Cameroon, and the multiple bomb blasts at two bus stations in the northern Nigerian city of Gombe.
US Department of State Deputy Spokesperson, Mark Toner, said his country extended its condolences to the families and loved ones of the soldiers, government officials and civilians killed, and hope for the speedy recovery of those injured.
He condemned the Boko Haram sect’s use of minor’s in carrying out its vicious attacks.
“Boko Haram’s unconscionable use of children as suicide bombers and indiscriminate targeting of men, women and children highlights the group’s senseless brutality,” said Toner.
He said US remained committed to working closely with Cameroon, Nigeria and the other Lake Chad Basin countries to defeat Boko Haram.
“The United States continues to support the governments and people of the Lake Chad Basin region in their ongoing struggle to degrade and defeat Boko Haram.”
He said US supported these efforts through a number of security and counterterrorism assistance programmes, which provide intelligence, advisors, training, equipment, and logistics.
“We look forward to expanding this support on a bilateral basis and through the Multinational Joint Task Force, which the Lake Chad Basin countries and Benin are standing up to coordinate the regional efforts to counter Boko Haram.”
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