United States reacts to Boko Haram attack in Rann

The United States of America on Friday, March 2, condemned the killings of four Nigerian humanitarian workers during a Boko Haram attack on an Internally Displaced Persons camp at Rann, Borno state, on Thursday, March 1. In a statement posted on the website of the US embassy, the US government condoles with the families of the victims.

The statement read: “The US strongly condemns the killing of three Nigerian aid workers in a Boko Haram attack on a military installation in Rann, Borno State.” “We extend our deepest condolences to the families of the victims, and to every family whose loved ones have been affected by this and other terrorist acts. We voice our heartfelt solidarity with all those humanitarian workers who work every day to help Nigerians affected by the ongoing insurgency, and also with all those security forces and Nigerian citizens working together to end this terrorist violence. “The United States remains firmly committed to ensuring humanitarian workers are protected and able to do their lifesaving work and to supporting Nigerians as they bravely work to ensure their nation’s security.”

The attack happened “after dark” outside a camp housing some 55,000 people displaced by the conflict and appeared to target the military, said UN spokeswoman, Samantha Newport. A civilian militia source in Rann, which is some 175 kilometres (110 miles) from the Borno state capital of Maiduguri, and a senior military source gave an identical death toll. They also said eight soldiers were killed in the attack but there was no immediate official confirmation. Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari said the attack on humanitarian workers in Rann, Borno state, more than ever shows Boko Haram insurgents as godless, brutish, and utterly to be despised.