Britain condemns 'cowardly' Nigeria bombings

1st October 2010, Comments 0 comments

British Foreign Secretary William Hague condemned twin car bombings that killed eight people in Nigeria during independence celebrations on Friday as "cowardly and contemptible."

"I was deeply shocked to hear of the attacks in Abuja today. Targeting Nigerians celebrating their 50th anniversary of independence is cowardly and contemptible," Hague said in a statement.

"My thoughts are with those injured and the families of those who have lost their lives. The United Kingdom will do all it can to help our Nigerian partners to bring those responsible to justice."

The bombings were claimed by Nigeria's most prominent militant group, MEND, and were timed to coincide with ceremonies celebrating 50 years of independence. It was the first such attack on the capital.

© 2010 AFP

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