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Jonathan denounces deadly Kaduna bomb attacks

23 July 2014, 20:25

Lagos - President Goodluck Jonathan has condemned the bombings that has left close to 80 people dead in Kaduna State.

The twin bomb blasts appear to have targeted former Head of State, General Muhammadu Buhari, and prominent Islamic Cleric, Sheikh Dahiru Bauchi.

Jonathan denounced “the dastardly targeting of the prominent political and religious leaders by terrorists and enemies of the nation in an odious attempt to inflame passions and exacerbate disquiet, fear, insecurity and sectional divisions in the country.”

While welcoming the sparing the lives of Buhari and Bauchi, the President extended sincere condolences to the families of those who were killed by the bomb blasts.
Jonathan also commiserated with all those who were injured in the twin bombings.

“(The bombings) in this Holy Month of Ramadan defy the tenets of Islam, and provide further proof that the terrorists are nothing but blood-thirsty extremists bent on undermining the unity and progress of the nation.”

The President assured residents of Kaduna and all other Nigerians that the Federal Government will continue and further intensify its ongoing efforts to effectively curb the menace of terrorism in the country.

He has specifically directed the police and other national security agencies to take all necessary actions to apprehend the perpetrators of Wednesday’s attacks on Kaduna and urged all residents of the city to give them the fullest possible cooperation and support as they work to bring the terrorists to justice.

The onslaught in Kaduna is the latest in a series of fatal attacks linked to the outlawed sect.

Over the weekend, the insurgents attacked the northeastern town of Damboa and surrounding villages killing at least 50 people.

The insurgents, who are fighting to create an Islamic state in Nigeria, have repeatedly targeted civilians.

The attacks have left more than 2 000 people in the first half of the year.

 – CAJ


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