Boko Haram attacks in Nigeria and Chad condemned by Security Council

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After fighting began between Nigerian forces and Boko Haram, a family from Borno state fled to Niger. Photo: UNHCR/C. Arnaud

The recent attacks perpetrated by Boko Haram in northeast Nigeria and Chad have been strongly condemned by the Security Council.

Several people were killed and injured in attacks by Boko Haram terrorists in Tchoukou Telia in Chad on 3 April and in Kwajafa, Borno state in Nigeria on 5 April.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, members of the Council extended their condolences to the families of victims, and their sympathy to all those injured in the attacks.

Stephanie Coutrix reports.

Members of the Security Council reaffirmed that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, including actions of Boko Haram constitute one of the most serious threats to international peace and security.

They said any acts of terrorism anywhere are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation.

Members of the Security Council stressed that terrorism should be combated by all means, in accordance with the UN Charter.

They urged the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) to adopt a common strategy and actively cooperate to more effectively combat the threat posed by Boko Haram.

They welcomed a joint experts meeting of these two communities in Douala, Cameroon that took place on 2 April as a step towards achieving this goal of regional cooperation.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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