US outraged at continued Boko Haram violence

Abuja – The United States has condemned the deadly attacks by the Boko Haram in Niger.

The attacks occurred in Karamga Island in Lake Chad, killing 48 Nigerien security forces and wounding another 37, with others still missing.

“We offer our condolences to the Government and people of Niger and to the families and loved ones of those who lost their lives and who are missing,” Jeff Rathke, Acting Deputy Department Spokesperson, Office of the Spokesperson, said from Washington.

He said his country condemned the violent actions of Boko Haram and its continued disregard for human life.

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“Boko Haram has perpetrated countless unprovoked attacks on men, women, and children in their homes, schools, places of worship, and businesses. Their brutality and barbarism know no bounds.”

Rathke said the United States was committed to supporting the efforts of the Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF) to help the countries of the region increase their capabilities to degrade and destroy Boko Haram.

“We commend efforts by the African Union and Lake Chad Basin Commission countries and Benin to stand up the MNJTF,” he added.

The Boko Haram terror has claimed thousands of lives and displaced more than 1 million over the years, mainly in Nigeria.

– CAJ News

News24 – Culled from http://www.news24.com.ng/National/News/US-outraged-at-continued-Boko-Haram-violence-20150429

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