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U.S., EU Condemn Mosque Blast

Posted: Mar 18, 2016 at 1:00 am   /   by   /   comments (1)

The United States and the European Union have condemned the terrorist bombing at a mosque on Wednesday, in Ummarari village near Molai, on the outskirts of Maiduguri, Borno State, that claimed at least 22 persons.

Two female suicide bomber triggered explosives strapped to their bodies in Ummarari on Wednesday, one attacking the mosque while the other went after fleeing worshippers.

The terror group has been degraded in recent months with the Army making gains and clearing terrorist camps in their strongholds in the North-East. However, Boko Haram still carries out deadly attacks in spontaneous raids and suicide bombings, with 58 refugees bombed at a camp in Borno in February.

The U.S. in a press release on Thursday, condemned the activities of the Boko Haram terror group and its “vicious attacks against innocent civilians, including children.”

“It has demonstrated repeatedly its disregard for the lives of the tens of thousands it has killed, raped, and injured and the millions it has displaced in the Lake Chad Basin region.

“The United States will continue to support those affected by Boko Haram’s violence through ongoing humanitarian aid and victim support services.

“We also remain committed to assisting our partners in the Lake Chad Basin region who are leading the fight to end Boko Haram’s wanton violence and restore peace,” the statement said.

Similarly, the EU, in a statement issued by the European Union Delegation and EU Heads of Mission in Nigeria, decried the killing of worshippers, and sympathised with families of victims and the injured.

The statement said: “The EU again confirms its full solidarity with the Nigerian government and people in their fight against terrorism in all its forms.

“This was reaffirmed to President Muhammadu Buhari when he met with EU leaders in February.

“It was a major topic for discussion in the EU-Nigeria joint ministerial meeting this week in Brussels.”