US, UK condemn ‘senseless’ Nigeria bombing

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The United States of America, USA and Britain, yesterday, condemned the bomb attack on a packed bus station in Abuja and called for a full investigation.

British Foreign Secretary, Mr William Hague, who condemned the bomb attack, in a statement in Abuja, said: “I was deeply saddened to hear of the bomb explosion in the east of Abuja. I unreservedly condemn those responsible and hope they are swiftly brought to justice.  I offer the British government’s deepest condolences to the bereaved and those who have suffered injury.”

The UK foreign secretary reiterated that Britain would continue to work closely with the Nigerian government to help tackle the threat from terrorism.

Also, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters: “We are outraged by this senseless act of violence against innocent civilians,” as she condemned the series of attacks on three villages in Borno State over the weekend.

“We continue to stand with the Nigerian government and people as they grapple with violent extremism,” she added.

Washington was working with the Nigerian “government and its neighbours to address the growing threat of Boko Haram in a comprehensive manner,” Psaki said, but warned it was too early to say the attack had been carried out by Boko Haram.

The United States designated Nigeria’s radical Islamist Boko Haram network and an offshoot known as Ansaru as terror groups in November, bowing to months of pressure to act.

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