PoliticsNews & AnalysisUN investigates Abuja HQ bomb blast


Posted on Wednesday, 31 August 2011 12:25

UN investigates Abuja HQ bomb blast

By Konye Obaji Ori

The United Nations says it will not be worried by the activities of the Islamic group Boko Haram until it independently verifies that terrorists are behind the bomb attack at its Abuja headquarters last week.

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Boko Haram claimed responsibility for the attacks that killed 23 people including 10 Nigerian UN employees, one Norwegian, nine non-UN personnel and three others who have not been identified.

But the UN’s investigative team insists that it is still working to uncover the masterminds of the explosion and will only credit Boko Haram if the independent investigation points to the group’s involvement.

“The UN could not accept claims by any group that it was behind the bomb blast, so we will not be responding to the Boko Haram’s claim of responsibility,” The Guardian newspaper quoted a source from the office of the UN secretary general.

The UN deputy secretary general, Asha-Rose Migiro and the world body’s under-secretary for safety and security, Gregory Starr, were in Abuja at the weekend to observe the devastation caused by the bombing.

The bombing building was condemned by both the UN secretary-general Ban Ki-Moon and members of the Security Council.

Migiro warned that the United Nations would not be deterred from continuing its work in Nigeria by the attack.

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