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UN condemns killing of over 30 civilians in Borno

THE United Nations has strongly denounced yesterday’s reported ambush and cruel massacre of more than 30 civilians in Mukdolo village, Ngala Local Government Area, Borno State.

In a statement issued yesterday, the UN expressed heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families and wished the injured who are recovering a swift recovery through its Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Matthias Schmale.

Some persons were reportedly injured, and others are still missing as a result of the horrific attack, which was purportedly carried out by an unidentified armed gang.

According to reports, the victims of this heinous attack were fishermen and farmers eking out a livelihood in an environment that is very insecure. These individuals included both internally displaced persons (IDPs) and host community members from the neighbouring Dikwa Local Government Area.

Prior to the raid, the village of Mukdolo had been abandoned due to the actions of non-state armed groups.

In response to the tragic development, the UN stated that the deeply shocking attack is yet another horrific reminder of the real threats of violence and insecurity that IDPs and other people affected by the region’s non-international armed conflict face on a daily basis in their struggle to survive.

The UN, through its spokesman in Nigeria, reminded all parties to the conflict of their legal responsibility to protect civilians under international humanitarian and human rights law.

The intergovernmental group also urged state authorities to conduct an immediate investigation into the crime and bring the perpetrators to justice.

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