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Tánaiste condemns recent violent attacks in Nigeria


The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Eamon Gilmore T.D., has expressed his concern at the recent upsurge in violence in Nigeria. In particular the Tánaiste has condemned the bombing on 14 April on a bus park in the Nyanya suburb of Abuja, which killed 71 and left many more injured, and offered his condolences to the families of the victims.

The Tánaiste joins the calls issued by the High Representative of the European Union, Catherine Ashton, and the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon, to bring those responsible for these acts to justice.

The Tánaiste also expressed concern at reports on 15 April of the abduction of more than 100 school girls in the Borno state of Nigeria.

Speaking on the events this week the Tánaiste said:

“The increasing frequency of violent attacks in Nigeria is of great concern to Ireland and its partners in the European Union. Acts of violence against school children and other innocent civilians cannot be tolerated. Ireland, together with our EU partners, will continue to support efforts to counter extremism and violence in Nigeria and to support the rule of law and human rights.”



Press Office

16th April 2014