Attacks in Nigeria

The United States strongly condemns the raids Boko Haram conducted on villages in northeast Nigeria on August 28.  

In a statement, State Department Spokesperson John Kirby extended sympathies on behalf of the United States to the families and loved ones of the civilians who were killed and injured.

Spokesperson Kirby also noted August 27 marked the 500th day since Boko Haram kidnapped 276 girls from their school in Chibok. "We send our continued condolences to the families and loved ones of the girls who remain missing. The kidnapping of the school girls in Chibok galvanized international attention for the Boko Haram conflict."

Yesterday's raids in Nigeria and the kidnapping of the girls in Chibok, the Spokesperson noted, are just few of many attacks, kidnappings, raids, and other acts of indiscriminate violence that continue on a frequent basis in Nigeria, Chad, Niger, and Cameroon. He called these acts another example of "the horrific and indiscriminate violence that Boko Haram continues to use to terrorize civilians in northeast Nigeria and the Lake Chad Basin region."

The United States continues to support the governments and people of the Lake Chad Basin region in their ongoing struggle to degrade and defeat Boko Haram. Spokseperson Kirby underscored the United States contributes to these efforts through a number of security and counterterrorism assistance programs in addition to the support the United States provides on a bilateral basis and through the Multinational Joint Task Force.

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