UN envoy strongly condemns double bombings in Jos

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UN envoy for West Africa Said Djinnit has  condemned the double bombings in a market in Jos, which killed 75 people and wounded more.

In a statement issued in Dakar, a copy of which was obtained by PANA in New York on Thursday, Djinnit extended his solidarity and sympathy to the victims and their bereaved families as well as to the Government and the people of Nigeria.

He said the perpetrators of these “heinous and cowardly attacks’’ against innocent civilians should be swiftly brought to justice.

“The large-scale and devastating losses of lives caused by repeated indiscriminate killings cannot continue,’’ he said.

Djinnit, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the UN Office for West Africa, reiterated the world body’s commitment to stopping the problem of insurgency in Nigeria.

He said the efforts would be to tackle the threat of terrorism within the framework of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy.

The envoy visited Nigeria on May 12 to May 15 in his capacity as the High-Level Representative of the UN Secretary-General to discuss with government officials the assistance that the UN could provide in support of ongoing efforts.

Efforts to seek the safe release of the more than 200 girls abducted from their school in Chibok, northern Borno State, in mid-April.

In the wake of that visit, the UN had prepared an integrated support package that included  immediate support to the affected families, the population and the girls after their release.

The support would in particular be in the area of psycho-social counselling and helping the girls to reintegrate with their families and communities.

Though there has been no claim of responsibility for the twin blasts in Jos, they seem to be bearing the hallmarks of the terror group, Boko Haram, which abducted the school girls over a month ago.

The group, whose name stands for “Western education is a sin’’, has been carrying out targeted attacks in recent years against schools, police, religious leaders and politicians.

They also targeted public and international institutions, indiscriminately killing civilians, including dozens of children. (PANA/NAN)

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