UN Suspends aid after Boko Haram attack in Northeast Nigeria

LAGOS-  Humanitarian work has been suspended until next weekend in a remote town in northeast Nigeria after a Boko Haram attack killed three aid workers, the UN said on Saturday.

The attack happened on Thursday evening near the Cameroonian border, as 80 000 people near the border  depend on emergency food aid and medical care.

Eight Nigerian soldiers were killed, one aid worker was seriously injured and three others missing.

Samantha Port a UN spokesperson in Abuja told AFP,  “Yesterday, we evacuated 52 aid workers and the three deceased, in addition to 300kg of medical supplies that were going to go bad.”

The aid workers are believed to not be the intended targets but were caught in the crossfire, as the extremists attacked the military.

Newport added an assessment would be conducted in the coming days about damage caused to facilities used in the relief efforts, including as assessment on security.

The Nigerians killed were working for International Organisation for Migration and the UN children’s fund Unicef, and the injured and missing were also locals.

Photo Credit- The Abjua Times

 

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