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Minister for Africa condemns Abuja attack and welcomes UN action against Boko Haram

Mark Simmonds condemns acts of terrorism and expresses support for Nigeria following an attack on a shopping mall in Abuja yesterday.

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The Minister for Africa, Mark Simmonds said:

I am deeply concerned by yesterday’s bombing in Abuja, the third since April. We condemn all acts of terrorism in the strongest terms. Terrorism has brought untold misery to innocent Nigerians of all faiths and backgrounds. We will stand with the Nigerian authorities as they seek to bring the perpetrators of this appalling crime to justice.

The listing today of Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau and the terrorist organisation Ansaru at the UN demonstrates the commitment of the international community to stand by the people of Nigeria as they confront the scourge of terrorism. Participants at the London Ministerial on Security in Northern Nigeria on 12 June committed to securing these listings. The UK co-sponsored the listings, a sign of our commitment to defeating terrorism.

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Published 26 June 2014