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
“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
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.
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“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,”
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