Following the bomb blast at a bus park in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), the United States of America and the United Kingdom have strongly condemned the attack which led to the death of 71 persons and left 124 injured.
The US, in its reaction, expressed outrage over the attack and called for a full investigation to identify and bring justice to the perpetrators of the attacks.
“We are outraged by this senseless act of violence against innocent civilians,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters, and also condemned a series of attacks on three villages in Borno State over the weekend.
“We continue to stand with the Nigerian government and people as they grapple with violent extremism,” AFP quoted her as saying.
The British Foreign Secretary, William Hague, in a statement, called on the Nigerian government to ensure that those behind the early morning attack are swiftly brought to justice.
The statement made available by the British High Commission in Abuja last night read in part: “I was deeply saddened to hear of the bomb explosion in the east of Abuja. I unreservedly condemn those responsible and hope they are swiftly brought to justice.
“I offer the British government’s deepest condolences to the bereaved and those who have suffered injury. We will continue to work closely with the Nigerian government to help them tackle the threat from terrorism.”