"Depraved" attack by Boko Haram terrorists condemned by UN chief

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Attacks by terrorists belonging to the Boko Haram group which have reportedly claimed hundreds of lives in Nigeria have been condemned by the UN Secretary-General.

Ban Ki-moon made the condemnation after more than 20 people were killed by three female suicide bombers, including a ten-year old girl.

The Secretary-General said using the young girl to detonate a bomb at a market in Maiduguri in Borno state was a "depraved act."

Mr Ban also said he is appalled by reports of the killing of civilians around the town of Baga near Nigeria's border with Chad last week.

According to media reports, as many as 2,000 bodies still litter bushes after that attack.

Mr. Ban said that the United Nations stands ready to assist the Nigerian government and all affected neighbouring States in bringing an end to the violence and to alleviate the suffering of civilians.

The Boko Haram terrorists, who now control parts of north-eastern Nigeria, have vowed to create an Islamic state in the region.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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