U.S Embassy Condemns Attack On IDP Camp Dikwa

The U.S. Embassy in Nigeria has condemned the suicide attack on the Internally Displaced Persons in Dikwa town, Borno state which has left over 51 persons dead and scores injured.

 

A statement from the Public Affairs section in the Information Office of the Embassy at the Federal Capital Territory says the United States remains committed to assisting the Internally Displaced Populations in the North-east through humanitarian relief efforts.

While extending the United States deepest condolences to the families of the victims, the statement says the U.S will also continue to support the Nigerian government in its fight against terrorism.

On Wednesday about 51 people died in a suicide bomb attack in Dikwa, a local council in Borno State, villagers say.

Seventy-eight injured persons have also been evacuated to Maiduguri, the capital city for treatment.

51 Feared Dead In Dikwa Suicide Attack

At least 51 people died in a suicide bomb attack in Dikwa, a local council in Borno State, villagers say.

Seventy-eight injured persons have also been evacuated to Maiduguri, the capital city for treatment.

A mass burial has already been conducted for the deceased victims, mostly women and children.

Dikwa, 80 kilometres from Maiduguri, once occupied by the Boko Haram terrorists, was declared liberated by the Nigerian Army since July last year.

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Boko Haram: NEMA Evacuates 5,000 From Dikwa

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Wednesday said it had evacuated 5,000 starved persons from liberated interland communities in Dikwa Local Government Area (LGA), Borno.

NEMA North East Coordinator, Alhaji Mohammed Kanar, disclosed this to newsmen in Maiduguri.

Kanar said those evacuated were mainly children, women and elderly, who were freed in the recent military operation in the area.

“The people evacuated were virtually imprisoned in their communities as the routes were blocked by members of the insurgents, who captured major towns of Dikwa and Ngala local government areas.

“They were living on small rations as they were compelled to depend on their livestock and farm produce without freedom to trading and commerce with the rest of the world during the occupation,” he said.

He said those evacuated were camped at Sanda Kyarimi Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp, Maiduguri, for proper care.

“Some of affected persons, who spoke to officials of NEMA, said they had not eaten for about three days and had to trek long distances to get to Dikwa, Headquarters of Dikwa LGA,” Kanar said.

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