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Spain, South Africa, Security Council Console Nigeria

 International outrage continued to trail Monday's attack on Nyanya Motor Park, which led to the death of over 72 people  as Spain, South Africa and the United Nations (UN) Security Council yesterday condemned the incident.

The two countries and the UN council in their separate reactions also commiserated with Nigeria and offered support to the federal government to defeat terrorism.
Spain, in a statement by its embassy in Abuja,   described the latest Abuja bomb attack and others in recent time  as unjustifiable.

It said: "Spain condemns in the strongest of terms the series of terrorist attacks of the Boko Haram group, which has once again brought death to three cities of northern Nigeria, as well as the explosions at a bus station in the outskirts of Abuja.

"The Government of Spain conveys its most heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims, to the wounded, to the Nigerian authorities and to the friendly people of Nigeria in general. The government reiterates its solidarity and closeness to Nigeria, with which it will continue to cooperate in the fight against terrorism, which has claimed so many victims."  

South Africa, while condoling with Nigeria, said terrorism, no matter the grievances of the terrorists, should not be condoned. A statement by the country's International Relations Department issued yesterday, said: “South Africa believes that terrorism, in any form and from whichever quarter, cannot be condoned."

Condemning the Abuja bomb attack, the UN Security Council reaffirmed that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations was criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of its motivation.

It said in a statement yesterday in New York that terrorism, “wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed, it should not be associated with any religion, nationality, civilisation or ethnic group.’’

The 15-member council reiterated the need to combat threats to international peace and security caused by terrorism.

“The members of the Security Council underlined the need to bring perpetrators, organisers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism to justice,’’ the statement said.

Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General, had earlier expressed shock and suddenness by the attack.
He strongly condemned all indiscriminate killings and acts of violent extremism.

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