Britain condemns 'appalling attack' on UN in Nigeria

27th August 2011, Comments 0 comments

British Prime Minister David Cameron condemned Friday the "appalling attack" on the UN compound in Nigerian capital Abuja that killed at least 18 people, after talking to the Nigerian president and UN chief.

"The prime minister spoke to the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, and Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan, to pass on his condolences on today's bombing in Abuja," said a spokesman from Cameron's Downing Street office.

"The prime minister described it as an appalling attack. He said Britain and Nigeria faced a common threat in Islamic extremism, and offered to do all we could to help find the perpetrators."

Cameron made the calls after Friday's suicide bomb blast which was claimed by the Nigerian Islamist sect known as Boko Haram, according to a man who said he was a spokesman for the group. The veracity of his claims could not be confirmed.

Boko Haram has been blamed for scores of bombings in recent months in Africa's most populous nation and largest oil producer but had not previously targeted international organisations.

The huge bomb went off after a suspect forced his way through two security gates and rammed his car into the building. The first two floors were blown out and rescue workers scrambled to help those left inside.

© 2011 AFP

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