Boko Haram on Saturday attacked the helicopter of the United Nations in Borno, the organisation has revealed.
Edward Kallon, Humanitarian Coordinator of the United Nations in Nigeria said no member of the crew was hurt, while there was no aid worker on board. He however said two people who were on the ground, including a 5-year old kid were killed by the attack.
“A UN Humanitarian Air Service helicopter was hit by bullets during the attack. No aid workers were on board at the time and crew members are all safe,” Kallon said in a statement.
A UN communication seen by the AFP said the aircraft was shot as it neared Damasak, a community in Borno State. The pilots also managed to fly back to regional capital Maiduguri 150 kilometres (90 miles) away.
The memo said the UN has suspended rotational flights for one week “to engage with government partners and conduct new risk assessments”.
The helicopter helps in providing aids to the war-hit people of Borno State and the UN has provided the aids to over 7.8 million people.
Boko Haram has been a daredevil menace for the last 11 years, successive Nigerian governments struggling to deal with it. While the army said it has shelled the group, attacks still happen regularly.
President Muhammadu Buhari had since asked the Service Chiefs to sit up and do enough to defeat the daredevil terrorists.