By Hassan Zaggi
The United Nations (UN) Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Myrta Kaulard, has condemned in strong terms the twin suicide attacks two days ago in Damboa, Borno State, that have left dozens of people dead and many others injured.
He described the suicide attack as one of the deadliest attacks the town has witnessed in recent times.
In a statement yesterday, the UN Humanitarians Coordinator said: “Our deepest condolences go to the families of the victims in Damboa and to the Government and people of Nigeria. We wish the injured a speedy recovery.
“Civilians consistently bear the brunt of the conflict and over 200 women, children and men have now been killed in indiscriminate attacks in the north-east since the beginning of the year, including in the town of Mubi last month in Adamawa State.
“I urge the Government of Nigeria to further step up protection of people.”
Ms. Kaulard disclosed that the United Nations and the International Committee of the Red Cross on Sunday air-lifted by helicopter 11 of the critically wounded from Damboa to Maiduguri to facilitate emergency medical treatment, in support of the state authorities.
Damboa town lies about 90 kilometers south-west of Borno capital Maiduguri. The Local Government Authority of Damboa currently hosts over 90,000 internally displaced people, 18,000 of which live in Damboa town in five camps for internally displaced people.
The LGA is one of the areas in Borno that hosts the highest number of internally displaced people. Some 20 humanitarian organisations provide life-saving assistance to the vulnerable women, children and men in Damboa, including food, shelter, medical services, clean water and sanitation on a daily basis.
The town last witnessed an attack by a non-state armed group in July 2016. The town was also taken over by a non-state armed group in mid-2014 and subsequently recaptured by the Nigerian military a few months later.