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Nigeria: Attack on civilians and aid workers

24 Dec 2019

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Women and girls staying at the reception centre in GSSSS IDP Camp in Bama town, Borno State, Nigeria, 13 September 2019. Credit: OCHA/Leni Kinzli

Many civilians were reportedly executed and many others abducted by armed groups yesterday in northern Borno State in Nigeria and on the Damaturu-Biu road, linking Yobe and Borno states.

The UN and humanitarian partners condemned the violent incidents and urged the Nigerian authorities to do their utmost to prevent further violence and brutality and to protect the civilian population, including aid workers. 

More than 36,000 people have been killed since the beginning of the conflict, about half of them civilians. Since the beginning of the year, nine aid workers have lost their lives while trying to provide life-saving assistance to those who desperately need it in Borno State.

More than 160,000 people have fled their homes in 2019, while insecurity and violent attacks continue to hamper the ability of people to access essential services and livelihoods. Currently, more than 7 million people remain in need of assistance in the crisis-affected states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states. 

The UN and humanitarian partners in Nigeria remind all armed groups of their duty to protect civilians and call on the general public, including the media, to refrain from sharing any unconfirmed information.