Book Haram insurgents have attacked Damasak area of Borno State, killing two civilians and shooting down a humanitarian helicopter belonging to the UN mission, which was destroyed.
Mr. Edward Kallon, the UN Resident Coordinator in Nigeria, revealed that the terrorist attack on Saturday, condemned the shooting of the helicopter, and urged the federal government to bring the murderers to justice.
A source at the UN Mission House in Maiduguri, disclosed that the UN had suspended its air transport in the insurgent stricken North East for at least a week.
According to Kallon, the UN Humanitarian Air Service is needed to carry injured civilians and in 2019 transported about 66,271 passengers and 147 megatons of humanitarian help.
He however, complained that the attack on the UN helicopter would hamper the organizations effort to get to remote areas.
The UN Chief explained that he was very concerned on the reports of another violent attack by the terrorist group in Damasak in which two civilians were murdered, including a five year old child. He also mentioned that several others were injured, and a humanitarian helicopter was shot, which was seriously damaged.
He welcomed the government’s will to probe the attack and its immediate steps taken to bring the perpetrators to justice. A UN Humanitarian Air Service helicopter was shot during the attack. It was said that no aid worker was on board though and the crew members were all safe.
He said he urged all parties to allow and help in the safe passage of humanitarians to deliver humanitarian assistance to the most vulnerable people in the north East.
Activities of insurgents continue to ravage the North East which has been an obstacle for people to access basic services. He said he urge the Nigerian Government to improve the safety and security of all humanitarian aid workers.