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26 August 2011 - Media release

INTERPOL condemns fatal bombing of United Nations building in Nigeria

LYON, France – INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble has condemned today’s attack on the United Nations compound in Abuja, Nigeria which has left at least 16 people dead and many more wounded.

Secretary General Noble said the full resources of the world’s largest police organization were at the disposal of the Nigerian authorities investigating the car bombing and to the United Nations in order to provide any assistance required.

“INTERPOL condemns this attack in the strongest possible terms and our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with the family and friends of those who have been killed and injured,” said Mr Noble.

“I have contacted INTERPOL’s Executive Committee delegate for Africa and Deputy Commissioner with the Nigeria Police, Adamu Abubakar Mohammed to give my personal assurance that our global resources and expertise are at Nigeria’s disposal.

“INTERPOL’s United Nations office in New York has also been tasked to ensure that any requests for assistance from the UN are dealt with as a priority,” added Secretary General Noble.

With the possibility of international victims among the casualties, INTERPOL has also offered to deploy an Incident Response Team from its General Secretariat headquarters in Lyon, consisting of specialist officers from its Disaster Victim Identification unit and/or Public Safety and Terrorism unit, operational assistants and analysts to help local police in Abuja.

INTERPOL’s 24-hour Command and Coordination Centre is in contact with the National Central Bureau in Lagos in order to ensure that any requests for assistance and information from the Nigerian authorities are treated with the highest priority.

If required, INTERPOL can issue one of its colour-coded international notices to alert law enforcement around the world about the modus operandi, to obtain additional information about individuals in relation to the investigation, or to seek the arrest of persons wanted in connection with the attack.