The United States on Friday condemned Boko Haram suicide attacks in Cameroon and Nigeria as “horrific and indiscriminate” and deplored the militant group’s use of children as bombers.
Multiple bomb blasts at two bus stations in Gombe killed 37 people on Wednesday, while two suicide bomb attacks killed at least 13 people in northern Cameroon.
The U.S “strongly condemns the horrific and indiscriminate suicide attacks,” the State Department said.
“Boko Haram’s unconscionable use of children as suicide bombers and indiscriminate targeting of men, women and children highlights the group’s senseless brutality,” State Department deputy spokesperson, Mark Toner, said in the statement.
The attacks came on the heels of President Muhammadu Buhari’s four-day visit to Washington, where he met with U.S. President Barack Obama. The two leaders on Monday discussed security issues including the threat posed by the extremist group.
Following their talks, Obama said Buhari had a “clear agenda” for defeating the militants and tackling corruption.
Boko Haram which has killed thousands of people in a six-year insurgency has been increasingly employing young people as suicide bombers since it allied itself with Islamic State.
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