The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs has confirmed and at the same time condemned an attack on its facility in Damasak town, Borno State, on Saturday.
A suicide bomber detonated a vehicle packed with explosives outside the United Nations headquarters in the Nigerian capital of Abuja destroying several floors in a thunderous blast that left at least 18 people dead, and several others injured.
Fifteen of the dead were United Nations personnel following the deadly strike on the United Nations-the first on its offices in Nigeria
On January 20, 2020, Edward Kallon confirmed an attack by Boko Haram on one of UN’s buildings housing humanitarian workers. in Ngala, a border town in Borno State.
Kallon noted that: “An entire section of the facility was burned down as well as one of the few vehicles UN agencies rely on for movement and aid delivery.”
However, ”protective security measures deployed at the humanitarian hub” prevented any harm to the staff who were in the facility.
It was part of a attack on Damasak which caused the death of two civilians including a 5-year-old.
The pilots were, however, able to fly the helicopter back to Maiduguri, about 150km away.
Just a few weeks ago in March, scores of Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) fighters invaded the town of Dikwa in restive Borno state, dislodging troops from the military base and torching a UN base and overrun a humanitarian hub.
25 aid workers sheltering in the bunker were trapped.
A spokesman for UN chief Antonio Guterres confirmed only that there was a “security incident”, but gave no further details.
For more than a decade, Nigeria’s military has battled an insurgency by the Islamist group Boko Haram that has devastated the northeast, killing at least 36,000 people and displacing more than two million.
The ISWAP group split from Boko Haram in 2016 and has become a dominant threat in the region, attacking soldiers and bases while killing and kidnapping passengers at bogus checkpoints.
The violence has spread into neighbouring Niger, Chad and Cameroon, prompting a regional military coalition to fight the militants.