UN chief condemns terrorist attacks that killed 60 people in northeast Nigeria

Extreme violence in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states in Nigeria has led some 250,000 civilians to flee their homes and find refuge in safer areas, staying mainly with host families. Photo: UNHCR/Helen Caux

Extreme violence in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states in Nigeria has led some 250,000 civilians to flee their homes and find refuge in safer areas, staying mainly with host families. Photo: UNHCR/Helen Caux

Nigeria, 17 July 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today condemned the terrorist attacks that killed over 60 people in the towns of Gombe and Damaturu, in northeast Nigeria over the last two days.

“These heinous crimes came as the victims, along with Nigerians nationwide, were conducting Eid prayers, a sacred time for families and communities to come together. As such, the attacks constitute an assault on the beliefs of all people,” said the UN Spokesperson in a statement issued this afternoon.

Mr. Ban offered his condolences to the families and loved ones of the deceased, wishing a speedy recovery to the injured.

“The Secretary-General reaffirms his solidarity with the people of Nigeria and reiterates the UN’s support for the Nigerian Government in its fight against terrorism, while upholding human rights,” adds the statement.

According to the media, explosive devices were detonated today outside two sites where Muslims worshippers were gathering for prayers in the town of Damaturu. At least 12 people were killed in the blasts. Yesterday, two simultaneous bombings hit a market in the city of Gombe, killing at least 48 people and injuring many others.