Killing of over 150 people in Nigeria condemned by UN

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Ravina Shamdasani, UN Human Rights spokesperson

The killing of more than 150 people in two states in Nigeria has been strongly condemned by the United Nations human rights office.

According to reports, gunmen believed to be from the Boko Haram Islamic extremist group attacked eight villages in Adamawa and Borno States on Sunday.

The group, based in north-eastern Nigeria, says it wants to establish an Islamic state based on sharia law.

Ravina Shamdasani is spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva.

"We condemn in the strongest terms Sunday's attack by gunmen against eight villages in Adamawa and Borno States, which led to the death of more than 150 people. According to reports, about 65 persons were killed in seven villages in Adamawa State, while some 90 others were killed in Izge village, Borno State. Many residents have now fled the area for fear of further attacks by the armed men. We are appalled by the extreme and indiscriminate violence which Nigeria has being witnessing in recent times." (27")

Ravina Shamdasani said the UN human rights office is urging the government of Nigeria to do more to protect civilians, especially in areas prone to attacks and where a state of emergency has been declared.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

Duration: 1'20"

 

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