The US has condemned a Boko Haram attack in Borno State which claimed 42 lives on Monday, June 22 and Tuesday, June 23, 2015.
The terrorists attacked sister villages, Debiro Biu and Debiro Hawul and shot residents who couldn’t escape the rampage, reports say.
The US conveyed its sympathies via a statement released by Department of State spokesperson, John Kirby on Wednesday, June 24.
“We offer our deepest sympathy and condolences to the families and friends of the victims of recent attacks in Borno State, attacks that resulted in more than 40 deaths.”
“We condemn in the strongest terms the continued and widespread violence inflicted by Boko Haram on innocent men, women, and children in Nigeria. Those responsible must be held accountable.”
“These latest attacks serve as a reminder that despite progress on the battlefield, Boko Haram remains capable of deadly and destabilizing acts of terrorism.”
“We commend the efforts by the Nigerian military, as well as the militaries of Chad, Niger, and Cameroon for the gains they have made fighting Boko Haram. We encourage the government of Nigeria to take steps to secure and govern liberated areas by filling in behind military successes with police and civilian administration.”
“The United States stands with Nigeria in the face of this threat. We will continue to take steps to increase our support for their efforts.”
The US had earlier announced that it would donate $5 million to Nigeria’s fight against Boko Haram.