New York

18 November 2015

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the bomb attack in Yola, Adamawa State, Nigeria

The Secretary-General condemns the bomb attack on 17 November in the city of Yola, in the north-eastern state of Adamawa, Nigeria, which resulted in dozens dead and scores injured. He extends his heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims, as well as to the Government and people of Nigeria, and wishes a speedy recovery to those injured.

The Secretary-General reiterates that no political or ideological objective whatsoever justifies the loss of life and terror to which civilians are being subjected. He also reiterates the UN’s support to the Nigerian government in its fight against terrorism, which - to be effective – should also be grounded in international humanitarian, human rights and refugee law.