The United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) has announced that they have temporarily suspended aid delivery in Nigeria’s northeast after its aid convoy was attacked in Maiduguri by suspected remnants of Boko Haram terrorists hiding in Meleri village, a few kilometres from Kawuri.
— UNICEF (@UNICEF) July 28, 2016
Two soldiers and three civilians were reportedly wounded in the attack, among whom were staff of United Nations agencies and other international humanitarian organizations. The wounded were taken to University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, Maiduguri and they are in stable condition.
The UN agency confirming this, disclosed that aside an employee and an International Organization for Migration (IOM) contractor who were injured in the attack and are being treated at the hospital, all other members of the convoy were safe.
The statement released by UNICEF read:
‘‘Today (July 28) unknown assailants attacked a humanitarian convoy that included staff from UNICEF, UNFPA, and IOM. The convoy was traveling from Bama to Maiduguri in Borno State, Nigeria, returning from delivering desperately needed humanitarian assistance.”
The statement states that the attack on humanitarian workers was not only an attack on the people who most need the assistance and the aid that these workers were bringing. It also noted that the United Nations’s humanitarian assistance in the area was subject to a review of the security situation in the area.
The Nigerian army in a statement reiterated their determination and commitment to ensuring safety and security in the North East and safeguarding the lives of all persons.
The statement read further read:
“The Nigerian Army wishes to sympathize with our wounded colleagues, the United Nations and other Non-governmental organizations whose personnel were also injured in this sad incident. We wish to reiterate our determination and commitment to ensuring safety and security in the North East and safeguarding the lives of all persons.”