U.S. Condemns Terrorist Activities by Boko Haram in Cameroon and Niger

Press Statement
Marie Harf
Deputy Department Spokesperson, Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
February 6, 2015

The United States condemns the recent terrorist acts by Boko Haram in Cameroon and Niger in the strongest terms. Boko Haram has perpetrated countless unprovoked attacks on men, women, and children in their homes, schools, places of worship, and businesses. Their brutality and barbarism know no bounds. We condemn the horrific and barbaric actions of these groups that continue to show total disregard for the sanctity of human life.

Boko Haram must not be allowed to continue brutally terrorizing innocent civilians in Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad, and Niger. This unchecked killing must stop. The United States stands firmly with the governments and peoples of this region in the face of this threat. We are responding to requests from Cameroon, Chad, Niger, and Nigeria. We continue to provide support to governments in the region, including through intelligence-sharing, and are increasing our support for those efforts.

The United States is committed to supporting the efforts of the Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF). We commend efforts by the African Union and Lake Chad Basin Commission to bring together the MNJTF and we will continue to work with our regional and international partners to make it an effective force.