New York

23 May 2013

Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on the attacks in Niger

The Secretary-General strongly condemns the two suicide bombings which took place today in Arlit and Agadez, Niger.  He conveys his sincere condolences to the families of the victims.
The Secretary-General reiterates the support of the United Nations to the efforts of the Government of Niger and other countries in the Sahel region to combat the scourge of terrorism and transnational crime, in close collaboration with the African Union, the Economic Community of West African States and the Economic Community of Central African States.  He stresses the need for the international community to continue to strengthen its cooperation to address these serious threats to the stability of the sub-region and beyond.