Sarkozy brands Abuja UN attack a 'hateful crime': office
French President Nicolas Sarkozy on Friday firmly condemned an attack against UN offices in the Nigerian capital Abuja, branding it "a hateful crime", his office said.
"Any attack against the United Nations is an attack against the entire international community. In the face of this hateful crime France is more determined than ever to relentlessly fight terrorism," a statement said.
Sarkozy expressed "France's solidarity in these trying moments" to UN chief Ban Ki-moon and Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan.
He also asked both leaders to "express France's condolences to the families of the victims and their loved ones".
A suicide bomb blast rocked the UN compound in the Nigerian capital Abuja earlier Friday, killing at least 18 people, blowing out much of the building and marking a sharp escalation in a wave of attacks.
© 2011 AFP