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13-Jan-2020 00:01:42
The UN Security Council “strongly” condemned a terrorist attack on a military base in Chinagodrar, at Niger-Mali border, in which 89 Niger’s soldiers lost their lives. UNIFEED
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SOURCE: UNIFEED
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DATELINE: 13 JANUARY 2020, NEW YORK CITY
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1. Med shot, flags at the UN Headquarters

13 JANUARY 2020, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Dinh Quy Dang, Permanent Representative of Viet Nam to the UN and President of the Security Council:
“The Security Council strongly condemns the recent terrorist attack in Niger which has taken the lives of 89 Niger’s soldiers. May I ask that all those present in the Chamber now stand and join me in observing a minute of silence in solemn commemoration of the victims of this attack.”
4. Wide shot, Council members observing a minute of silence
5. Med shot, Niger’s delegation
6. SOUNDBITE (French) Abdou Abarry, Permanent Representative of Niger to the United Nations:
“I want to express here the gratitude of my country to the United Nations and its agencies which are supporting the government on the ground and our friendly countries, particularly France and United States. Without their help, the number of victims would have been certainly much higher. Their action had also led to neutralizing a several dozen terrorists who were cowardly trying to flee after carrying out their filthy task. Niger, Sahel and West Africa need your support – all of your support, because the threat we are confronting today is a threat to international peace and security and as such it requires an action from all.”
7. Wide shot, Security Council
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The UN Security Council “strongly” condemned a terrorist attack on a military base in Chinagodrar, at Niger-Mali border, in which 89 Niger’s soldiers lost their lives.

The attack, which took place on 9 January in Chinagodrar, at the country's border with Mali, came last than a month after 111 Niger’s soldiers were killed in an ambush near the town of Inates, also at the Niger-Mali border.

“The Security Council strongly condemns the recent terrorist attack in Niger which has taken the lives of 89 Niger’s soldiers,” said the President of the Council for January, ambassador Dinh Quy Dang of Viet Nam, before asking the Security Council members to observe a minute of silence to commemorate the victims of this attack.

Niger’s Permanent Representative to the UN Abdou Abarry thank the international community for support,” particularly France and United States.”
“Without their help, the number of victims would have been certainly much higher,” said Abarry. “Their action had also led to neutralizing a several dozen terrorists who were cowardly trying to flee after carrying out their filthy task,” he explained.

He also said “Niger, Sahel and West Africa need your support – all of your support, because the threat we are confronting today is a threat to international peace and security and as such it requires an action from all.”
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