UNDP deeply saddened by deaths in Nigeria UN attack

26 Aug 2011

imageRescue workers following the car bomb attack at the UN compound in Abuja. (Photo: Reuters)

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is deeply saddened by the loss of UN personnel and Nigerian citizens killed today in a car bomb attack at the UN compound in the Nigerian capital, Abuja.

“I deplore this brutal attack on our UN colleagues in Nigeria,” said UNDP Administrator Helen Clark.  

“These are unarmed civilians who have dedicated their lives to helping the people of Nigeria.  Our thoughts are with them and their families at this terrible time.”

The UN complex in Abuja, housing 26 humanitarian and development agencies, was severely damaged in the attack.

Nigerian and international search and rescue teams are providing emergency aid and moving those injured to hospitals.

The UN Country Team is working very closely with Nigerian authorities to account for those still missing.

Senior UN officials are due to meet Nigerian authorities and visit UN staff, including those injured in the attack.