Boko Haram insurgents have attacked a United Nations aid helicopter in Nigeria’s North-East region.
According to the UN, the terrorists launched the attack on Thursday in Damasak, Borno State, killing two civilians including a five-year-old child in the process.
Edward Kallon, UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, on Saturday said both fatalities and several others injured in the attack were on the ground.
Kallon said in a statement:
A UN 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.
A UN communication said the aircraft was shot as it approached Damasak and the pilots managed to fly back to Maiduguri, AFP reports.
However, President Muhammadu Buhari has vowed that there will be consequences.
In his words:
This latest cowardly attack on the UN humanitarian helicopter is yet another desperate rearguard action by the Boko Haram terrorists who have been under intense pressure from the Nigerian military.
Let me reassure the international community and Nigerians that this latest cowardly attack on a UN helicopter that claimed the lives of two people, including a five-year-old baby, would not go without severe consequences.
Boko Haram terrorists are clearly on the back foot and their increasing attacks on innocent civilians, including UN humanitarian workers, is part of their desperation to prove that they are strong in order to cover up their dwindling fortunes.
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