The United States has vowed to support Nigeria after a series of deadly terror attacks blamed on Boko Haram.
More than 200 lives have been lost to attacks by the terrorists in the last one week, the latest being a twin bombing in Jos, just hours after a suicide bomber blew himself up inside a church in the restive northeastern city of Potiskum, killing five worshippers.
“The United States strongly condemns the recent attacks in northeastern Nigeria inflicted by Boko Haram,” State Department spokesman John Kirby said in a statement.
“We will continue to support Nigeria’s efforts to bring those responsible for these attacks, as well as previous attacks, to justice,” he added in offering condolences to the families of the victims.
“As we have said before, the people of northern Nigeria deserve to live free from violence and from terror,” Kirby said.
He noted that Washington is providing counter-terrorism aid to help Nigerian authorities fight the terror group.
“The United States stands with the Nigerian people in their struggle against violent extremism.
“We will continue to work closely with the Nigerian government and our international partners to combat Boko Haram and assist its many victims,” he said.