Ban ‘appalled’ by deadly bombing near shopping centre in Nigeria’s capital

A car that was burned during the crackdown on Boko Haram. Photo: Aminu Abubakar/IRIN

26 June 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today voiced his condemnation of the bomb attack that took place yesterday near a shopping centre in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, which reportedly resulted in the death of at least 21 people.

UN spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric told reporters in New York that Mr. Ban is “appalled” by the attack, which also reportedly left at least 50 people injured.

“The Secretary-General reiterates his unequivocal condemnation of such attacks. He remains deeply concerned about the escalation of violence in Nigeria,” said Mr. Dujarric.

Mr. Ban offered his sincere condolences to the bereaved families and wished the wounded a swift recovery.

Nigeria has witnessed numerous attacks in recent years, many of them carried out by the militant group known as Boko Haram.

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