EU condemns renewed terrorist attacks in Nigeria

Boko Haram

The European Union, EU, High Representative and Vice President, Federica Mogherini, on Friday condemned the “renewed insurgents” attack in the North Eastern part of Nigeria by Boko Haram terrorist group.

In a statement, Ms. Mogherini said the attacks is another expression of terrorism targeted at innocent people.

“The Boko Haram insurgency was discussed at the recent EU-Nigeria Ministerial Dialogue. It will also be addressed during the next regional Security Conference to be held in Niamey on 20 January,” Ms. Mogherini said.

The commission also said it remains committed to providing a comprehensive range of political, development and humanitarian support to Nigeria and its people in tackling the terrorist’s threat and in ensuring sound development of Nigeria.

The dreaded terrorist group have since 1999 unleashed mayhem on Nigeria’s North Eastern region killing thousands and displacing many others.

The latest attack was in Baga, a fishing community in Kukawa Local Government Area of Borno State, where many women, children and aged ones who tried to escape the recent terrorist’s attack drowned while trying to cross a lake. Residents fleeing the area also said hundreds were killed by Boko Haram.

In the last two years, Baga has suffered five major attacks with high casualty – the latest was that of November 2014 when Boko Haram insurgents ambushed fishermen returning from a night fishing expedition and slit the throats of 43 of them.

Baga was also the scene of a major massacre in 2013. Dozens of civilians were killed and hundreds of houses burnt by angry soldiers allegedly hunting for insurgents.

The Defence spokesperson, Chris Olukolade, had told News Agency of Nigeria that that the military was putting everything in place to ensure the safety of lives and property of the citizens of the country.

“All considerations are on to put in whatever is required to comply with the security requirements of the nation in relations to elections or all other socio-economic activities,” Mr. Olukolade said.

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