Eid bombings by Boko Haram in Nigeria "an assault on the beliefs of all people"

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Boko Haram violence has forced Nigerians, like these people, to flee their homes.  File Photo: UNHCR/C. Arnaud

Recent bombings by the terrorist group Boko Haram that killed more than 60 people in northeast Nigeria have been condemned by the UN Secretary-General.

Ban Ki-moon described the attacks, which took place at the end of the holy month of Ramadan, as "an assault on the beliefs of all people."

Three girls reportedly carried out a suicide bombing in the town of Damaturu on Friday, killing 13 people.

Fifty people reportedly were killed the day before when two bombs exploded in a market in the town of Gombe.

Dianne Penn reports.

The UN Secretary-General called the bombings "hideous crimes" as they came when the victims, along with Nigerians nationwide, were conducting Eid prayers.

 The observation of Eid al-Fitr marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan which Mr Ban called "a sacred time for families and communities to come together."

As such, he said, the attacks were "an assault on the beliefs of all people."

The Secretary-General reaffirmed his solidarity with the people of Nigeria.

He also reiterated the UN's support for the government in its fight against terrorism.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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