‘SHOCKED AND SADDENED’, SECRETARY-GENERAL STRONGLY CONDEMNS DEADLY BOMB ATTACK AT BUS STATION IN NIGERIAN CAPITAL

NEW YORK, April 15, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:

The Secretary-General is shocked and saddened by the many lives lost today in a bomb attack at a bus station in the Nyanyan neighbourhood, close to the Nigerian capital, Abuja. He offers his condolences to the bereaved families and to those injured.

The Secretary-General strongly condemns all indiscriminate killings and acts of violent extremism. The perpetrators of this attack, and those responsible for the continuing brutal attacks in the north-east of the country, must be brought to justice.

Source: APO

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SECURITY COUNCIL PRESS STATEMENT ON TERRORIST ATTACKS IN NIGERIA

NEW YORK, April 15, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The following Security Council press statement was issued today by Council President U. Joy Ogwu ( Nigeria):

The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the multiple terrorist attacks committed by Boko Haram that occurred in Nigeria on 13 and 14 April, causing numerous deaths and injuries.

The members of the Security Council expressed their deep sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims and expressed their sympathy to all those injured in these attacks, and to the people and the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

The members of the Security Council reaffirmed that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations is criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of its motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed, and should not be associated with any religion, nationality, civilization or ethnic group.

The members of the Security Council reaffirmed the need to combat by all means, in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations and all obligations under international law, in particular international human rights, refugee and humanitarian law, threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts.

The members of the Security Council reminded States that they must ensure that measures taken to combat terrorism comply with all their obligations under international law, in particular international human rights, refugee and humanitarian law.

The members of the Security Council underlined the need to bring perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism to justice, and urged all States, in accordance with their obligations under international law and relevant Security Council resolutions, to cooperate actively with the Nigerian authorities in this regard.

The members of the Security Council reiterated their determination to combat all forms of terrorism, in accordance with its responsibilities under the Charter of the United Nations.

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Canada Condemns Deadly Attack in Nigeria

OTTAWA, Canada, April 15, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today issued the following statement following a deadly bombing on the outskirts of Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, that claimed the lives of more than 70 people and left over 100 injured:

“Canada condemns in the strongest possible terms this cowardly terrorist attack during rush hour at a busy bus station in Abuja.

“On behalf of all Canadians, we extend our sincerest condolences to the families and friends of the innocent victims of this attack.

“Such brutal acts of terror cannot be allowed to go unpunished. Canada reaffirms its support to Nigeria as it combats terrorism.”

No group has claimed responsibility for this terrorist attack, the first in Abuja since April 2012.

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The African Union strongly condemns the terrorist attack in Abuja

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, April 15, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union (AU), Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, is deeply shocked and appalled by the bomb attack that took place this morning in the outskirts of Abuja, Nigeria. This attack claimed dozens of innocent lives and wounded many others.

The Chairperson of the Commission strongly condemns this cowardly and terrorist attack. She expresses AU’s most sincere condolences to the bereaved families and to the people and Government of Nigeria. She wishes those wounded strength and a speedy recovery.

The Chairperson of the Commission reiterates AU’s solidarity with Nigeria and support to the efforts aimed at preventing and combating terrorism. She calls for enhanced inter-African cooperation to address this scourge, in line with the relevant African and international instruments.

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UK Foreign Secretary condemns bomb attack in Abuja, Nigeria

LONDON, United-Kingdom, April 14, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Foreign Secretary condemns Abuja bomb attack and offers continued UK support for Nigeria.

The Foreign Secretary, William Hague, said:

“I was deeply saddened to hear of the bomb explosion in the east of Abuja. I unreservedly condemn those responsible and hope they are swiftly brought to justice.

“I offer the British government’s deepest condolences to the bereaved and those who have suffered injury. We will continue to work closely with the Nigerian government to help them tackle the threat from terrorism.”

Notes for Editors

The FCO has updated its travel advice, advising British Nationals to avoid the area concerned: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/nigeria

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