Statement by Marie-Pierre Poirier, UNICEF Regional Director for West and Central Africa
DAKAR, Senegal, March 2, 2018 /CNW/ - "UNICEF is shocked by the attack on 1 March in Rann, Borno State, in which three aid workers lost their lives, three were injured and one is reportedly missing.
"One of these brave workers who lost their lives, and the nurse who is missing, were on the frontline providing critical services supported by UNICEF. The two others who were killed were working for the International Organization for Migration (IOM).
"We strongly condemn this attack on selfless aid professionals, who were working in the most difficult humanitarian conditions.
"Alarmingly, the number of attacks on aid workers is increasing around the world, and we must stand together to reaffirm our commitment to protect them. Humanitarian workers should never be a target.
"UNICEF offers its deepest condolences to the families of the victims and to all IOM staff members. We will continue to work with the Government to ensure safe return of those missing."
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