Source: United Nations secretary general
In response to questions on Niger, the Spokesman had the following to say:
The Secretary-General strongly condemns the attack perpetrated by unidentified gunmen in Diffa Region, in Niger, on 12 December, in which at least 27 people were reportedly killed and some 800 houses burned. He expresses his deepest condolences to the bereaved families and the people and Government of Niger, and wishes a swift recovery to the injured.
The Secretary-General regrets that this barbaric attack disrupted the peaceful holding of municipal and regional elections in the Diffa region. He reiterates the commitment of the United Nations to support national efforts to consolidate democratic governance, promote social cohesion and achieve sustainable development.