Obama says attack cowardly

THE PUNCH Newspaper

United States’ President Barack Obama has condemned Friday’s “horrific and cowardly” attack on the United Nations’ headquarters in Nigeria and offered America’s condolences to the victims and their families.

The British Broadcasting Corporation reported Obama as saying, “The UN has been working in partnership with the people of Nigeria for more than five decades.

“An attack on Nigerian and international public servants demonstrates the bankruptcy of the ideology that led to this heinous action.”

A suicide bomb blast rocked the UN compound in Abuja, killing at least 18 people, leaving others trapped and blowing out large areas of the building.

Witnesses said the bomb went off after a suspect forced his way through security and rammed his car into the building.

Parts of the first two floors were blown out and rescue workers scrambled to pull out those left inside.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but an Islamist sect known as Boko Haram has been blamed for scores of bombings in recent months.

Obama said, “I strongly condemn the horrific and cowardly attack on the United Nations’ headquarters building in Abuja, Nigeria, which killed and wounded many innocent civilians from Nigeria and around the world.

“The people who serve the UN do so with a simple purpose: to try to improve the lives of their neighbours and promote the values on which the UN was founded - dignity, freedom, security and peace.

“The United States strongly supports the work of the UN and its lasting bond with the people of Nigeria, a bond that will only emerge stronger in the wake of this murderous act.”


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