Boko Haram Now Operating Illegal Checkpoints – UN

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The United Nations (UN), has expressed sadness over the execution of aid workers by Boko Haram.

The UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Edward Kallon, in a statement, said he was utterly shocked and horrified by the gruesome killing.

Kallon commiserated with the families of the deceased, friends and others.

He decried the increasing number of illegal vehicular checkpoints set up by terrorists along main supply routes.

The UN described the workers as committed humanitarians who devoted their lives to helping vulnerable people and communities ravaged by violence.

Kallon maintained that UN’s highest priority has been safety.

He condemned in strong terms, all violence targeting aid workers and the civilians they are assisting.

Also lamenting that the checkpoints disrupt the delivery of life-saving assistance and heighten the risks for civilians being abducted, killed or injured.

“This is tragically not the first killing of kidnapped aid workers. We have repeatedly called for such devastating fate and blatant violation of international humanitarian law to never happen again,” he said.

He added that currently, nearly 8 million people were in need of urgent life-saving assistance.

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