UN chief condemns Nigeria bombingsBy IANS
Friday, October 1, 2010
UNITED NATIONS - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Friday condemned the bombings in Nigeria that left at least 14 people dead and assured the West African country of “unflinching support” in addressing the challenges confronting the most populous country in Africa.
A statement issued here by Ban’s spokesman, said: The secretary-general condemns the car bombing today (Friday) near the venue of the National Day parade in (the capital) Abuja, which reportedly resulted in a number of deaths and destruction.”
The attack was particularly sad coming on the day on which Nigerians were celebrating the 50th anniversary of their nation’s independence,” the statement said.
The secretary-general expresses his sincere sympathy and condolences to the government and people of Nigeria and the bereaved families,” the statement added.
At least 14 people were killed as Nigeria’s main militant group the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) claimed responsibility for the twin car bomb blasts.
Nigeria’s 50th Independence Anniversary was celebrated at the Eagle Square, where a parade was being taken out when the bombs went off.