Africa AU condemns ‘despicable’ Boko Haram attacks

AU condemns ‘despicable’ Boko Haram attacks


Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma - Chair of the African Union (AU) Commission
Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma – Chair of the African Union (AU) Commission

(AA) – The African Union (AU) has strongly condemned what it described as “despicable” attacks by Boko Haram militant group in Nigeria and in the West Africa region.

In a statement, Chairperson of the AU Commission Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said she was “especially horrified by the recent massacre perpetrated in the town of Baga in Borno State, and in a market in Potiskum, northeast Nigeria, with the involvement of female suicide bombers, one reported to be as young as ten years old.”

Dlamini-Zuma also reiterated the commitment of the continental body to join hands with Nigeria and regional countries to mobilize international support to reinforce the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) authorized by the countries of the region to combat the Boko Haram threat.

The pan-African body also appealed for a coordinated global response against Boko Haram.

Late Friday, dozens were killed and tens of thousands had fled their homes to Maiduguri and neighboring countries after militants overran a military base in Baga, a fishing town that was recently captured by Boko Haram militants.

For the last five years, Nigeria has battled a fierce Boko Haram insurgency that has ravaged the country’s volatile northeastern region.

A seemingly emboldened Boko Haram recently stepped up its militant activity even further, seizing several areas in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states, where it has declared a self-styled “Islamic caliphate.”

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