UN chief condemns Nigeria murders

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Published: Monday 12th January 2015 by The News Editor

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UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon has condemned recent attacks by Islamic militants in Nigeria in which hundreds of people have been killed.

Africa’s most populous country is due to hold elections next month even though Boko Haram extremists hold large swathes of territory in the north-east.

Mr Ban’s office said in a statement that he was appalled by reports that hundreds of civilians were slaughtered in an assault around Baga town in Borno state, near Nigeria’s border with Chad. Some reports put the death toll as high as 2,000.

Mr Ban’s office also cited reports that extremists used a 10-year-old girl as a suicide bomber to kill 19 people at a market in Maiduguri, also in Borno state, on Saturday.

Published: Monday 12th January 2015 by The News Editor

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