Statement by Jen Psaki, Spokesperson: U.S. Condemns Terrorist Attacks in Borno State (January 9)

The United States condemns the recent escalation of attacks on civilians carried out by Boko Haram, which shows no regard for human life.  All those responsible for these recurring terrorist attacks must be held accountable.

The United States abhors such violence, which continues to take a terrible toll on the people of Nigeria and the broader region, including Cameroon.  We extend our sympathies to the loved ones of all victims of violence at the hands of Boko Haram.

The United States is committed to working with Nigeria and its neighbors to end the scourge of Boko Haram.  We urge Nigeria and its neighbors to take all possible steps to address the urgent threat of Boko Haram. Even in the face of these horrifying attacks, terrorist organizations like Boko Haram must not distract Nigeria from carrying out credible and peaceful elections that reflect the will of the Nigerian people.