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UN Suspends Aid To Borno Following Boko Haram Attack On UNICEF Workers

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Following yesterday’s attack by Boko Haram on a humanitarian convoy, the United Nations has temporarily suspended aid deliveries in Borno State. A UNICEF humanitarian aid worker was injured in the attack.

The U.N. children’s agency, UNICEF in a statement said that unknown assailants attacked the convoy on Thursday, July 28, 2016 as it returned to Maiduguri from delivering aid in Bama, injuring a UNICEF employee and an International Organisation for Migration contractor, reports Reuters.

According to the agency, “The United Nations has temporarily suspended humanitarian assistance missions pending review of the security situation.”

A Nigerian Army statement on Friday confirmed that the UN aid workers were attacked by Boko Haram terrorists and some of them were injured in the “ambush”.

Nearly a quarter of a million children in Borno suffer from life-threatening malnourishment and around one in five will die if they do not receive treatment, UNICEF said earlier this month.

Doctors Without Border otherwise known as Medecins Sans Frontieres said on Wednesday that severely malnourished children were dying in large numbers in northeast Nigeria, where food supplies are close to running out.

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