News in Brief 05 April 2017 (AM)

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Ján Kubiš. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard

UN Mission in Iraq condemns suicide bombings in Tikrit

The UN Special Envoy for Iraq, Ján Kubiš, has strongly condemned the multiple suicide attacks that took place in Tikrit, a city north of the capital Baghdad.

According to media reports, 30 people were killed in Tuesday's explosions.

The incident comes as Iraqi Security forces make steady advances in their offensive to uproot ISIL terrorists in Mosul, the last extremist bastion in the country.

"Targeting civilians and inflicting maximum casualties among civilians is the hallmark of the terrorists' despicable tactics,” Mr. Kubiš said.

These extremists are sparing no effort to indiscriminately target "everyone and anyone" who is not willing to die for their "barbaric inhuman Takfiri ideology" he said.

This ideology regards even non-militant Muslims as "infidels".

Alarm raised as violence in DRC Kasaï provinces escalates

The violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo's provinces of Kasaï must cease, Maman Sidikou, the head of MONUSCO, the UN Mission in the country has urged.

More than 400 people have been killed in clashes between government forces and the Kamuina Nsapu militia, he warned.

The violence has resulted in serious human rights violations, including civilian casualties, a statement by the Mission read.

Mass graves have also been discovered and children are being forcefully recruited.

There is no military solution to this crisis, Mr Sidikou stressed.

Intensifying the military response will only exacerbate the violence and put the civilian population at risk, he concluded.

Displaced in Northeast Nigeria to receive "desperately needed" aid

A US $3.5 million donation by Japan will allow the UN food agency, WFP, to provide "desperately needed" food assistance to tens and thousands of internally displaced people in Northeast Nigeria.

An insurgency by Boko Haram extremists has left many people in the area severely food insecure and experts warn of a "credible risk of famine" in some places.

Currently, some 4.7 million people are going hungry in the conflict-affected states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa.

The figure is expected to rise to 5.1 million by June.

The new assistance is part of Japan's pledge made during February's Oslo Humanitarian Conference on Northeast Nigeria and the Lake Chad region.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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