US resends condolences to Chibok familiesFrom OKORO CHINEDU in Lagos, Nigeria
LAGOS, (CAJ News) – UNITED States Department of State Spokesperson, John Kirby, has condemned the recent deadly raids on villages in northeast Nigeria.
The Islamic militant Boko Haram insurgents have been blamed for the violence.
“We extend our sympathies to the families and loved ones of the civilians who were killed and injured,” said Kirby.
“These recent raids are just additional examples of the horrific and indiscriminate violence that Boko Haram continues to use to terrorize civilians in northeast Nigeria and the Lake Chad Basin region.”
The US continues to support the governments and people of the Lake ChadBasin region in their ongoing struggle to degrade and defeat Boko Haram.
Kirby said the country contributed to these efforts through a number of security and counterterrorism assistance programs, which provide intelligence, advisors, training, equipment, and logistics.
US actively provides 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.
Meanwhile, after Nigeria last Thursday marked the 500th day since Boko Haram kidnapped 276 girls from their school in Chibok, Kirby sent his country’s continued condolences to the families and loved ones of the girls who remain missing.
The kidnapping of the school girls in Chibok galvanized international attention for the Boko Haram conflict.
“It is one of many attacks, kidnappings, raids and other acts of indiscriminate violence that continue on a frequent basis in Nigeria, Chad, Niger and Cameroon,” noted Kirby.
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