Nigeria terror attacks condemned
Published 21/01/2012 | 17:52
Britain has condemned a series of terrorist bomb attacks in Nigeria which have left scores of people dead.
At least 143 people were reported to have been killed in the bombings in the northern city of Kano. The radical Islamist group, Boko Haram, has claimed responsibility for the attacks.
Foreign Secretary William Hague said he was "shocked and appalled" by the violence.
"The nature of these attacks has sickened people around the world and I send my deepest condolences and sympathies to the families of those killed and to those injured," he said.
"There is no place in today's world for such barbaric acts and I condemn in the strongest possible terms those who carried them out. These events underline the importance of the international community standing together in the face of terrorism in all its forms."
A hospital official in Nigeria said at least 143 people died in the attacks on Friday. The count included some bodies already claimed by families for immediate burial as per Islamic law.
Federal police spokesman Olusola Amore said attackers targeted five police buildings, two immigration offices and the local headquarters of the State Security Service, Nigeria's secret police.
Nwakpa O Nwakpa, a spokesman for the Nigerian Red Cross, said volunteers offered first aid to the wounded, and evacuated those seriously injured to local hospitals.
He said that officials continued to collect corpses scattered around sites of the attacks. A survey of two hospitals by the Red Cross showed at least 50 people were injured in Friday's attack, he said.