Boko Haram attacks UN helicopter

Boko Haram attacks UN helicopter, kills two

On Saturday,the United Nations said two civilians including a five-year-old child were killed and an aid helicopter damaged in an attack by Boko Haram insurgents in restive Borno.

The attack was launched in the town of Damasak on Thursday.

Edward Kallon, UN humanitarian coordinator in Nigeria  said both the fatalities and several others who were injured in the attack were on the ground.

“A United Nations Humanitarian Air Service helicopter was hit by bullets during the attack. No aid workers were on board at the time and crew members are all safe,” Kallon said in a statement.

A United Nations communication seen by AFP said the aircraft was shot as it approached Damasak and the pilots managed to fly back to regional capital Maiduguri 150 kilometres (90 miles) away.

The memo said the UN was suspending rotational flights for one week “to engage with government partners and conduct new risk assessments”.

Helicopters provide a vital link carrying humanitarian personnel and delivering aid to an estimated 7.8 million people in urgent need of assistance across northeast region.

The 10-years insurgency has killed 36,000 people and forced some 2 million from their home in the region. Key roads remain too dangerous to travel despite the Nigerian military repeatedly insisting it has largely defeated the insurgents.

The UN has complained of an uptick in attacks targeting aid workers in the northeast of the country.

The area around Damasak on the border with Niger is dominated by the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), which broke away from Boko Haram in 2016. (AFP)

5 thoughts on “Boko Haram attacks UN helicopter, kills two

  1. This is becoming unbearable, wasting innocent lives just like that. something needs to be done quickly.

  2. This is not funny anymore, they have being killing shedding blood since the past 7 yrs. It time our government put a stop to this.

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