USA condemns killings in Nigeria, calls out Buhari govt

The United States has decried the “senseless and brazen killings of civilians” in northern parts of Nigeria.

Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, condemned the situation in a press statement on Tuesday.

He urged President Muhammadu Buhari administration to act.

Pompeo noted that in recent weeks, suspected ISIS West Africa militants launched multiple attacks in Borno State.

America said more than 120 civilians, including women, children, and the elderly, lost their lives.

The senior official recalled that June 9, unidentified armed bandits attacked a village in Katsina State, killing dozens.

U.S. said the horrific crimes occurred after “the  shooting of a pastor and his pregnant wife on June 1”.

It also referred to the killing of an Imam, local village head, and several civilians on June  5 during inter-communal violence in Taraba State.

Pompeo’s statement expressed concern that “tens of thousands of civilians” have died in recent years due to attacks by terrorist groups or criminal gangs, inter-communal violence, or their religious beliefs.

The United States called on the Government of Nigeria “to do more to strengthen ongoing efforts to address this violence, hold those responsible accountable, and protect civilians”.

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