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Guterres condemns attack on civilians in Niger

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UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, has strongly condemned yet another attack by unidentified gunmen on civilians in Niger on Monday in the department of Banibangou, in the Tillabéri region of the country.

Stephane Dujarric, spokesman for the Secretary-General, said this at a briefing for correspondents at UN headquarters in New York on Wednesday.

The UN Correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria at the briefing quoted him as saying that Guterres had expressed his deepest condolences to the bereaved families.

“The secretary-general is deeply concerned by the cumulative impact of these frequent attacks on the humanitarian situation in the region of Tillabéri.

“He is worried about the situation in the region where already more than 100,000 people have been displaced and 520,000 are in need of humanitarian assistance.

“The secretary-general calls on the Nigerien authorities to spare no effort in identifying and swiftly bringing the perpetrators to justice.

“He reiterates the commitment of the UN to continue supporting Niger in its efforts to counter and prevent terrorism and violent extremism, promote social cohesion and achieve sustainable development,” Dujarric said.

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