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Buhari Reacts To Boko Haram Attack On UN Helicopter



President Muhammadu Buhari denounced what he called “the Saturday Boko Haram terrorists’ dastardly attack on the UN relief helicopter in the northeast.”

Garba Shehu decried the violent attack on July 2 in which at least two innocent civilians lost their lives, including a five-year – old boy, a statement signed by his spokesman.

Buhari said the attack was yet another desperate rear-guard intervention by the Islamic group, which according to him was under extreme Nigerian military pressure.

“Let me reassure the international community and the Nigerians that this latest cowardly attack on a United Nations helicopter that claimed the lives of two people, including a five-year – old baby, would not go without severe consequences’” the President said.

He maintained that the terrorists were clearly weakened, adding that their growing attacks on innocent civilians, including UN humanitarian staff, were a way of demonstrating that they are strong to cover up their declining fortunes.

Buhari said, “The protection of foreigners and Nigerians remains this administration’s top priority, and we shall not leave any stone unturned until we eradicate these remorseless enemies of mankind.”

Edward Kallon, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, had previously condemned the attack on Boko Haram in Damascus which damaged a humanitarian helicopter.

A statement he signed decried the July 2 violent attack in which at least two innocent civilians lost their lives, including a five-year-old child.

Several others were wounded and a humanitarian helicopter was struck, with significant damage sustained.

He expressed condolences to the civilian families who lost their lives in the attack, and wished those wounded a swift recovery.

Revealing that bullets had struck a UN Humanitarian Air Service aircraft, Kallon said there were no on board.


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