The United Nations has reacted to the “horrible killings” of over 50 civilians in nearby Republic of Niger.

More than 50 civilians were extinguished in two different attacks on sellers neighbouring border with Mali and Burkina Faso.

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and the President of the General Assembly, Amb. Volkan Bozkir, condemned the incident in separate communications on Wednesday.

The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF’) said 6 children aged 11 to 17 were killed in the attacks carried out by unknown gunmen in the villages of Darey-dey and Sinégogar in western Niger.

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres condemned the attacks in his statement and appealed the Niger government to “spare no measures in bringing the attackers to book”.

UNICEF earlier said it was “deeply saddened and outraged” that the disaster included civilians, especially children.

The UNICEF remember how gunmen attacked and killed not less than 100 people, including 17 children, in organized attacks in Niger in January.

The agency added that armed attack across the Central Sahel region is causing a laying waste  on children’s survival, education, protection and development.

The statement read in part: “Mounting insecurity along the borders with Burkina Faso and Mali has exacerbated needs in Tillabery region where more than 95,000 people are displaced.

“In recent months, access by humanitarian actors to conflict-affected populations has been hindered.

“Reaching those in need is increasingly challenging. Violence is disrupting livelihoods and access to social services including education and health care.

“Insecurity is worsening chronic vulnerabilities. Women and children are bearing the brunt of the violence.”

The agency said further that Niger is facing a deep humanitarian crises caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, and added that about 3.8 million people, including two million children, were affected.

The statement added, “But additional support and engagement from the international community are urgently required to stop violence and help us reach those most in need".

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