In recent weeks, suspected? ISIS West Africa? militants launched multiple attacks in ?Borno ?State, killing more than 120 civilians, including women, children, and the elderly. On June 9, unidentified armed? bandits ?attacked a village in Katsina State, killing dozens.
These horrific crimes follow the? shooting? of a ?pastor and his pregnant wife on June 1 and the killing of an imam, local village head, and several civilians? on June? 5 ?in ?the course of intercommunal violence in ?Taraba State.
Tens of thousands of civilians have? lost their lives? in Nigeria in recent years to? violent ?attacks ?by ?terrorist groups? or? criminal gangs, in inter-communal violence, or due to?their religious beliefs. The United States calls on the Government of Nigeria to do more to strengthen ongoing efforts to address this violence, hold those responsible accountable,? and protect ?civilians.