Bomb blast targets UN building in Abuja

Ban Ki-moon

An attack on the United Nations building in the Nigerian capital Abuja on Friday morning has been condemned by United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon.

A car bomb blast at the building housing 26 United Nations humanitarian and development agencies has reportedly killed at least 10 people and left a number of others badly injured.

Mr. Ban says the United Nations will do everything possible to help the victims and their families.

"This was an assault on those who devote their lives to helping others. We condemn this terrible act, utterly. We do not yet have precise casualty figures but they are likely to be considerable. A number of people are dead. Many more are wounded. Nigerian and international search and rescue teams have mobilized and are moving the wounded to hospitals and providing emergency aid."

The Secretary-General has immediately dispatched his Deputy, Asha Rose Migiro to Nigeria to meet with Nigerian authorities.

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