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Boko Haram Attack On U.N. Helicopter Leaves Two Dead



Two people have been killed when a United Nations helicopter crashed to the ground after an attack was launched on it by Boko Haram insurgents.

The attack happened in Damasak, a town in the Borno State, north-eastern Nigeria where the Islamist fighters have a strong presence and carry out most of their dastard acts.

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UN humanitarian affairs coordinator in Nigeria, Edward Kallon revealed that none of the occupants in the helicopter died.

He added that both the fatalities and several others who were injured in the attack were on the ground.

“A UN Humanitarian Air Service helicopter was hit by bullets during the attack. No aid workers were on board at the time and crew members are all safe,”

Air travel has been the prefered and safest option for organisations who are transporting aid workers and humanitarian goods to the most affected areas.

The United Nations has issued a suspension of all flight travels and it is currently assessing the situation with the government in better ways of protecting its staff.

Boko Haram has been waging a decade-old insurgency against Nigeria in a bid to institutionalise Islam as a state religion in Africa’s most populous country.

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They also want the country to throw away its democratic dispensation and impose sharia law in accordance to Islamic principles. The war has killed tens of thousands of civilians.

Though Nigeria’s army and the government have pointed out that the sect has been effectively defeated, they continue to pose threats to both local and international organisations helping displaced people.