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Newsline: U.N. building in Nigeria attacked

A car loaded with explosives crashed into the main United Nations building inNigeria’s capital and exploded, killing at least 18 people in one of the deadliest assaults on the international body in a decade. A radical Muslim sect blamed for a series of attacks in the country claimed responsibility for the bombing, a major escalation of its sectarian fight againstNigeria’s weak central government. The brazen assault in a neighborhood surrounded by heavily fortified diplomatic posts represented the first suicide attack to target foreigners in oil-richNigeria, where people already live in fear of the radical Boko Haram sect. The group, which has reported links to al-Qaida, wants to impose a strict version of Shariah law in the nation and is vehemently opposed to Western education and culture. “It is an attack on the global community,” said Viola Onwuliri, a junior Nigerian foreign minister, as she viewed the bomb site. A sedan loaded with explosives crashed through two gates at the exit of the United Nations compound as guards tried to stop it, witnesses said. The car crashed through the glass front of the main reception area of the building and detonated, inflicting the most damage possible, a spokesman for the Nigerian National Emergency Management Agency said. The headquarters, known as U.N. House, had offices for about 400 employees working for 26 U.N. humanitarian and development agencies. Authorities were working to account for everyone in the building at the time of the blast. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called the car bombing “an assault on those who devote their lives to helping others.” “We condemn this terrible act utterly,” Ban said at U.N. headquarters. “We do not yet have precise casualty figures, but they are likely to be considerable. A number of people are dead; many more are wounded.”




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