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Boko Haram Attack United Nations Helicopter In Borno, Kill Two

Valentine Chinyem

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Terrorist sect Boko Haram have attacked a United Nations aid helicopter in Damask, Borno State.

In the attack which took place on Thursday, two civilians were killed, including a five-year-old child the United Nations revealed.

Edward Kallon, UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, made this known on Saturday.

He said apart from both fatalities, several others were also injured in the attack.

“A UN Humanitarian Air Service helicopter was hit by bullets during the attack. No aid workers were on board at the time and crew members are all safe,” Kallon said in a statement.

The aircraft was shot as it approached Damasak and the pilots managed to fly back to Maiduguri.

Calling on on the Federal Government to investigate the attack and “swiftly bring perpetrators to justice”, the UN in a statement titled ‘Statement on Attack in Damasak, Damage to Aid Helicopter’ and signed by Edward Kallon.

The UN said the international body said bullets fired by insurgents damaged the chopper and has affected humanitarian works in the North-East.

Kallon said, “I deplore that a UN Humanitarian Air Service helicopter was hit by bullets during the attack. No aid workers were on board at the time and crew members are all safe. My thoughts are also with the crew and I commend them for piloting the chopper back to safety during this critical situation.

“The attack and damage to the helicopter severely affect the ability of aid actors to provide urgently needed assistance to vulnerable people in remote areas across Borno State.

“I strongly condemn any attack against civilians, humanitarian assets or aid workers and call on all armed parties to respect international humanitarian law and international human rights law, and ensure the protection of civilians, humanitarian property and personnel.

“I call on the Nigerian authorities to reinforce the safety and security of all humanitarian workers.

“I welcome the Government commitment to investigate the attack and swiftly bring to justice the perpetrators.

“I extend my sincere condolences to the families of the civilians who lost their lives in the attack and wish a prompt recovery to those injured.”