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    The UN Security Council has unanimously agreed to a Presidential Statement, condemning in the strongest terms the most recent escalation in attacks perpetrated by Boko Haram.

    UNITED NATIONS, January 20 (Sputnik) – The UN Security Council has unanimously agreed to a Presidential Statement, condemning Boko Haram's terrorist acts and commending Chad's decision to deploy its troops to support Cameroonian and Nigerian forces.

    "[The Security Council's Presidential Statement condemned] in the strongest terms the most recent escalation in attacks perpetrated by Boko Haram," the statement said.

    The council most harshly condemned the attacks, reportedly involving children coerced by Boko Haram to act as suicide bombers and the attacks, that led to the destruction of civilian homes and significant civilian casualties, as well as the increasing attacks along Nigeria's borders with Chad and Cameroon.

    "[The Security Council demanded] the immediate and unconditional release of all those abducted, who remain in captivity, including the 276 schoolgirls abducted in Chibok, Borno State in April 2014," the council said in a statement.

    The UN Security Council also commended the deployment of Chadian troops and security forces in order to assist Cameroon and Nigeria in fighting Boko Haram militants.

    Boko Haram is a militant group, founded in 2002 in Nigeria, that is aiming to impose Sharia law in the country. Since 2009, the group has expanded its activity across the northeast of the country, killing over 5,000 people.

    Boko Haram has been most active on the Nigeria-Cameroon border, as many civilians have fled from northern Nigeria to Cameroon to escape attacks by the militant group. In late December 2014, Cameroon has carried out its first-ever airstrikes against the militants after they attacked five villages and captured a military base in the country's north.

    Boko Haram Violence in Central Africa (77)


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