After Attack, Nigeria Pledges Justice
August 27, 2011 by UPI - United Press International, Inc.
ABUJA, Nigeria, Aug. 27 (UPI) — Officials in Nigeria said they would make every effort to arrest those responsible for a suicide bomb that killed at least 20 people in Abuja Friday.
Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan said the government would “spare no effort to bring the perpetrators to justice,” the British Broadcasting Corp. reported Saturday.
A suicide bomber, reportedly driving a Honda Accord, made it past two security checkpoints before crashing into the U.N. office building in the nation’s capital. The blast killed at least 20 and injured 68, The Nation in Lagos, Nigeria, reported.
Federal Capital Territory Commissioner of Police Mike Ozormokumo said, “Those people who can plan something like this are evil and compelled by the forces of darkness.”
“But light will always triumph … With time, we are going to get everyone one of them arrested,” he said.
At the time of the reports, there were still questions as to the fate of 20 infants who may have been in nursery in the building at the time of the blast, about 10:30 a.m. Friday.
U.N. Secretary General-Secretary Ban Ki-moon, President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton all condemned the attack.
The Islamic group Boko Haram called the BBC to take credit for the attack.
U.S. Army Gen. Carter Ham, the top U.S. military official in Africa, has said there were ties between Boko Haram and al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb, which is an al-Qaida network in North Africa.