SA sends condolences to Nigeria

2014-04-14 21:04
(Gbemiga Olamikan, AP)

(Gbemiga Olamikan, AP)

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Johannesburg - South Africa sent its "deepest condolences" to Nigeria on Monday after a bomb blast in Abuja that killed over 70 people.

"South Africa believes that terrorism, in any form and from whichever quarter, cannot be condoned," the international relations department said in a statement.

"South Africa and Nigeria enjoy a close bilateral relationship that is structured under the Bi-National Commission [BNC] that was officially inaugurated in 1999."

The French news agency AFP reported on Monday that a bombing at a bus station packed with morning commuters on the outskirts of Nigeria's capital killed 71 people and wounded 124, with the president blaming the attack on Boko Haram Islamists.

"We have a total of 71 dead and 124 others injured. [The wounded] are receiving treatment at hospitals within and around" Abuja, national police spokesperson Frank Mba told journalists at the scene, AFP reported.

- SAPA
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