US orders Boko Haram to release hostages
LAGOS, (CAJ News) – THE United States Deputy of State Spokesperson, Mark Toner, has called the Boko Haram sect in Nigeria to, without conditions,free scores of civilians it is holding hostage.
Toner spoke in Washington during a briefing ahead of the commemoration ofthe more than 200 schoolgirls the Islamic militant sect kidnapped in Chibok in the restive Borno State.
The girls were abducted on the night of April 14-15 in 2014.There was worldwide combination of the act while efforts to rescue thegirls by local forces with the assistance of their internationalcounterparts including the United States.
The Chibok girls are among an unspecified number, but estimated to bethousands, that the Boko Haram has held captive since it began attacks inNigeria in 2009.“Well, it’s the second anniversary, I think, coming up on that,” said Toner.“
And of course, we call for all hostages, including these young women andgirls who’ve been held by Boko Haram, to be released immediately without preconditions.”
He pledged his country’s support to Nigeria’s efforts to bring about thesafe recovery of those kidnapped.
“We continue to advise them on their response to this, as well as ongeneral counterterrorism and counter-Boko Haram efforts.”
Toner outlined his country’s support to the terror-riddled West Africancountry.
He disclosed United States had given more than $198 million inhumanitarian assistance to the populations in Nigeria that have been affected by Boko Haram’s continued attacks and terrorist activity .
“So of course we’re looking at ways that we can ramp up our support forNigeria’s security services,” Toner said.“.
But as I said, also the other aspect of this is assistance – anyassistance that we can provide to help the victims of these attacks,whether they’re from the terrorist attacks or kidnap victims as well.”
The Boko Haram, said to be the world’s deadliest terror group, has killedmore than 20 000 civilians and displaced over 2 million.
– CAJ News
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