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Speaking Tuesday, United Nations Special Envoy for West Africa, Said Djinnit, said, “All efforts should be made to address” radical Islamic insurgency, Boko Haram. Responsible for no less than 18 attacks over the course of the past two weeks, Boko Haram continues to execute its brutal campaign of terror against Nigeria’s Christians, moderate Muslims, educators, students and military and law enforcement personnel. In April, Boko Haram abducted more than 240 predominantly Christian schoolgirls. Learn everything you need to know about Boko Haran’s heinous mass-abduction, here

07/10/2014 Nigeria (Reuters) – Islamist militant group Boko Haram is blamed for at least 18 attacks on civilians in northern Nigeria in the past two weeks and the escalating violence of the insurgency threatens the security of West Africa, a senior U.N. official said on Tuesday.

The U.N. special envoy for West Africa, Said Djinnit, told the U.N. Security Council that insecurity in northeastern Nigeria, coupled with growing political tensions ahead of planned general elections in 2015, had left the country at a crossroads.

“The level of violence against civilians in Nigeria continues to escalate,” he said. “It is disheartening to note that within the last two weeks at least 18 attacks attributed to Boko Haram have been conducted, resulting in the tragic death of innocent civilians and displacement of peoples.”

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