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US envoy condemns renewed Boko Haram attacks

09 July 2015, 14:58Okoro Chinedu

Lagos - Visiting United States Deputy Secretary of State, John Blinken, has expressed his country’s condemnation of the recent attacks Boko Haram has carried out in Nigeria.

He spoke from Abuja some days after the Islamic terror group perpetrated deadly attacks in the Kaduna and Plateau States.

“The United States strongly condemns the recent attacks that have taken hundreds of lives—in some cases within the sanctuaries of churches and mosques — and our thoughts are with the families and friends of those who were murdered during this deeply painful time,” Blinken said.

Also Read: Buhari meets campaigners for girls abducted by Boko Haram

He said defeating Boko Haram required a comprehensive approach that involves the region and includes not only a strong military response, but also sustainable security for liberated areas, good governance, development and opportunity for the civilian population.

“It also requires a strong commitment to human rights, the absence of which only alienates the people and drives them toward Boko Haram,” said Blinken.

Blinken, who is in the country ahead of President Muhammadu Buhari’s official visit to the United States, said as Nigeria developed this comprehensive approach, the United States would deepen its support.

The Boko Haram sect terror has claimed some 13 000 lives and displaced an estimated 2 million people.

- CAJ News


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