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United States Condemns Mass Killing Of Civilians In Nigeria, Calls On Buhari To Hold Those Responsible Accountable

United States Secretary of State

The United States in a press statement by the Secretary of State, Michael Pompeo has sent a strong message to the government of Nigeria to hold and bring those responsible for these crimes to book.

But, knowing the culture of impunity in Nigeria and the complicit attitude of the present administration, nothing will be done and it would be business as usual while more lives are lost in these senseless mass murders.

The press statement is below

We condemn the recent  senseless and  brazen killings of civilians  in northern Nigeria.

In recent weeks, suspected  ISIS West Africa  militants launched multiple attacks in  Borno  State, killing more than 120 civilians, including women, children, and the elderly.  On June 9, unidentified armed  bandits  attacked a village in Katsina State, killing dozens.

These horrific crimes follow the  shooting  of a  pastor and his pregnant wife on June 1 and the killing of an imam, local village head, and several civilians  on June  5  in  the course of intercommunal violence in  Taraba State.

Tens of thousands of civilians have  lost their lives  in Nigeria in recent years to  violent  attacks  by  terrorist groups  or  criminal gangs, in inter-communal violence, or due to their religious beliefs.  The United States calls on the Government of Nigeria to do more to strengthen ongoing efforts to address this violence, hold those responsible accountable,  and protect  civilians.

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