UN condemns surge in Boko Haram killings

2015-01-12 12:18

United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon has condemned recent attacks by militants that killed hundreds of people in Nigeria.

Africa’s most populous country holds elections next month even though Boko Haram extremists hold large swaths of territory in the northeast.

Ban’s office said yesterday that the secretary-general was appalled by reports that hundreds of civilians were slaughtered in an assault around Baga town in Borno state, near Nigeria’s border with Chad. Some reports say the death toll is as high as 2000.

Additionally, Ban’s office cites reports that extremists used a 10-year-old girl as a suicide bomber on Saturday to kill 19 people at a market in Maiduguri, also in Borno state.

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