UN reacts to Boko Haram attack on southeast Niger

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Antonio Guterres, UN High Commissioner for Refugees UNHCR at a Press Conference after 66th session of Excom. 9 October 2015. UN Photo / Jean-Marc Ferré

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has condemned Saturday’s deadly attack by gunmen that claimed 27 lives in the Republic of Niger.

The Boko Haram terrorist group reportedly claim responsibility for the attack, which left a few others injured and around 800 houses razed in the country’s Diffa Region.

Reports state the incident happened hours before surveys opened for city and local decisions across Niger on Sunday.

In an UN articulation, Guterres communicated lament that the assault disturbed the races in the Diffa district.

“The Secretary-General strongly condemns the attack perpetrated by unidentified gunmen in Diffa Region, in Niger, on Dec. 12 in which at least 27 people were reportedly killed and some 800 houses burnt.

“He expresses his deepest condolences to the bereaved families and the people and government of Niger, and wishes a swift recovery to the injured.

“The Secretary-General regrets that this barbaric attack disrupted the peaceful holding of municipal and regional elections in the Diffa region.

“He reiterates the commitment of the UN to support national efforts to consolidate democratic governance, promote social cohesion and achieve sustainable development,” it added.

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