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US Condemns 'vicious' Nigeria Bombings

Wednesday, 21 May 2014 03:11 PM

The United States on Wednesday condemned the "vicious" bombing of Nigeria's central city of Jos, and voiced confidence the Nigerian government could eventually rein in Boko Haram with help.

Tuesday's twin bombings in Jos left at least 118 dead, and four other people were killed in a suicide car bombing in northern Kano.

"These vicious attacks on defenseless Nigerian civilians and Boko Haram's abduction last month of more than 200 girls in Chibok are unconscionable, terrorist acts demanding accountability and justice," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said.

"We continue to stand with the Nigerian government and people in their efforts to defeat violent extremism in a manner that protects civilians and ensures respect for human rights." 

Rescue workers on Wednesday were combing through the rubble of Nigeria's deadliest bomb attack in the central city of Jos, with the Islamic terrorist group Boko Haram blamed for the atrocity.

It was the latest affront to the Nigerian government's internationally backed security crackdown in the wake of the mass abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls on April 14 which has sparked a global outcry.

A team of U.S. experts has been in Nigeria since early May aiding the hunt for the missing girls, although so far little progress seems to have been made in finding them.

Undersecretary of state for civilian security, Sarah Sewall, told a congressional that while it was a "complicated" situation she believes that the government of Nigeria was capable of fighting Boko Haram effectively.

"I think that with the appropriate political redirection, as well as the concerted effort on the part of specific capabilities, that... the government of Nigeria, can make significant progress in defeating Boko Haram," Sewall told the House Foreign Affairs committee.

Psaki added U.S. officials "don't think it's too late" to take action "given that the atrocities by Boko Haram are ongoing."


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