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31 March, 2015

UN: Over 7,000 killed by Boko Haram since beginning of 2014

Boko Haram Takfiri militants have killed over 7,300 civilians in Nigeria and neighboring countries since the beginning of last year, a UN official says. UN deputy humanitarian affairs chief Kyung-wha Kang made the comments on Monday while briefing the Security Council on the humanitarian situation in the region. [...] She added that 1,000 people have been killed since the beginning of this year alone. The UN official also warned the council that in regions affected by the militant group, 300 schools have been damaged and only 40 percent of health care facilities are functional.”

The UN special representative for West Africa, Mohamed Ibn Chambas, also warned the council that troops from Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon and Niger, who are taking part in a joint regional offensive against the militants, are reportedly committing human rights violations. [...] He added that Boko Haram's announcement of pledging allegiance to the ISIL Takfiri terrorist group was either for 'publicity reasons or to tap into ISIL support,' and that it shows 'Boko Haram's agenda goes well beyond Nigeria.'”

The militants had carried out attacks in various Nigerian states on the country’s election day over the weekend. Meanwhile on Monday, Nigeria's southern Rivers state announced an overnight curfew as tensions run high over the country's general election results.”

The Takfiris have claimed responsibility for a number of deadly shooting attacks and bombings in various parts of Nigeria since the beginning of their deadly campaign in 2009, which has displaced over 1.5 million people.”

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