Boko Haram Attacks UN Helicopter, Kills Two
The United Nations on Saturday said two civilians including a five-year-old child were killed and an aid helicopter damaged in a jihadist attack in restive northeast Nigeria.(Wapbaze_Copyright)
Boko Haram fighters waging a decade-long insurgency in the region launched the attack in the town of Damasak on Thursday.(Wapbaze_Copyright)
UN humanitarian coordinator in Nigeria Edward Kallon said both the fatalities and several others who were injured in the attack were on the ground.(Wapbaze_Copyright)
“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,” Kallon said in a statement.(Wapbaze_Copyright)
A UN communication seen by AFP said the aircraft was shot as it approached Damasak and the pilots managed to fly back to regional capital Maiduguri 150 kilometres (90 miles) away.(Wapbaze_Copyright)
The memo said the UN was suspending rotational flights for one week “to engage with government partners and conduct new risk assessments”.(Wapbaze_Copyright)
Helicopters provide a vital link carrying humanitarian personnel and delivering aid to an estimated 7.8 million people in urgent need of assistance across northeast Nigeria.(Wapbaze_Copyright)
The 10-year jihadist conflict has killed 36,000 people and forced some 2 million from their home in the region.(Wapbaze_Copyright)
Key roads remain too dangerous to travel despite the Nigerian military repeatedly insisting it has largely defeated the insurgents.(Wapbaze_Copyright)
The UN has complained of an uptick in attacks targeting aid workers in the northeast of the country.(Wapbaze_Copyright)
The area around Damasak on the border with Niger is dominated by the Islamic State West Africa Province, which broke away from jihadist group Boko Haram in 2016.
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