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14 April 2014

INTERPOL condemns Abuja terror ‘slaughter’

INTERPOL Secretary General to meet Nigeria's Inspector General of Police to offer Organization's full support

LYON, France – INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble has condemned in the strongest terms the ‘mass murder’ of dozens of commuters after bomb explosions rocked a crowded bus station on the outskirts of Abuja on Monday.

Officials said at least 70 people were killed and more than 120 injured.

“This slaughter of innocent members of the public will have appalled citizens of all countries. On behalf of the world police community, INTERPOL condemns this mass murder in the strongest possible terms and we express our solidarity with the people of Nigeria at this difficult time,” said Secretary General Noble.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of the dozens of victims who died in this senseless and cowardly terrorist attack.”

"I have spoken with Nigerian Commissioner of Police and INTERPOL Vice President for Africa, Adamu Abubakar Mohammed, to condemn this murderous attack and I offered to assist Nigerian authorities in their investigation by personally overseeing the deployment to Abuja of an INTERPOL Incident Response Team in order to reinforce INTERPOL's commitment to support Nigeria and its police,” said Secretary General Noble, adding he planned to meet with Nigeria's Inspector General of Police, Mohammed D. Abubakar.

Mr Noble also highlighted the plight of Nigerians in their country at the hands of militant groups such as Boko Haram.

INTERPOL’s 24-hour Command and Coordination Centre at its General Secretariat headquarters in Lyon is in contact with its National Central Bureau in Abuja in order to provide whatever assistance may be required following the attack, including on the deployment of an Incident Response Team (IRT).

An INTERPOL IRT consists of specialized forensic officers, counter-terrorism experts, operational assistants and analysts.

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

Any fingerprint and DNA evidence can also be compared against INTERPOL's global databases.