A radical Muslim group says it carried out Friday’s car bomb attack at UN headquarters in Nigeria, killing at least 18 people and injuring dozens more.
The claim was made in the name of Islamists called Boko Haram, who want Sharia law more widely applied across Nigeria. The complex houses 26 UN humanitarian and development agencies.
“The United Nations building here represents the whole global community and this is an attack on the international community and I think it is really very sad,” said Nigerian Deputy Foreign Minister Viola Onwuliri.
The car slammed through two barriers to reach its target in the apparent suicide attack in the capital Abuja. But fresh questions are being asked about UN security. And the scale of the bombing has heightened concerns about rumoured links between Boko Haram and the North African wing of al Qaeda.