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US lashes use of minors in suicide attacks

14 October 2015, 13:51Okoro Chinedu

Lagos – The United States has condemned the use of children by the Boko Haram sect to carry out suicide bomb attacks.

The attacks have been carried out in Nigeria and neighbouring countries.

“Boko Haram’s use of children to conduct these brutal attacks is particularly heinous,” said Mark Toner, United States Department of State Deputy Department Spokesperson.

He condemned the attacks in Cameroon and Chad this past weekend.

The Nigerian Islamic militant sect carried out the attacks in Baga Sola, Chad, and in Cameroon villages near Fotokol, Mora, and Seradji-Kerawa this past weekend.

This followed attacks in attacks last week in Niger and Nigeria last week.

Also Read: Alleged Boko Haram fuel supplier arrested

“We send our condolences to the families and loved ones of these latest victims of the group’s unabated and horrific campaign of indiscriminate murder and violence throughout the Lake Chad Basin region,” Toner said.

According to reports, on Saturday, more than 40 people died in coordinated suicide bombings targeting a market and a spontaneous camp for internally displaced persons in Baga Sola, Chad.

Over the weekend in Cameroon, Boko Haram destroyed dozens of homes near Fotokol, and three separate suicide bombers near Mora and Seradji-Kerawa killed nine civilians and wounded one.

An additional attack on Monday, October 12, killed one civilian and a suicide bomber, while a second attack, on a village near Mora, was repelled by Cameroonian security services.

Toner said the United States continues to support the governments and people of the Lake Chad Basin region in their ongoing struggle to degrade and defeat Boko Haram.

“We contribute to these efforts through a number of security and counterterrorism assistance programs, which provide intelligence, advisors, training, equipment, and logistics.”

He said his country actively provided support on a bilateral basis and through the Multinational Joint Task Force, which the Lake Chad Basin countries and Benin are establishing to coordinate regional efforts to counter Boko Haram. – CAJ News


- CAJ News


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