Vienna, 8 November 2011 Press release

Spindelegger condemns a new outburst of violence in Nigeria

and calls upon the international community to maintain vigilance

Vienna, 8 November 2011 – Austrian Vice Chancellor and Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger expressed his dismay about the recent wave of violence in Nigeria. More than 100 people were killed in suicide attacks and armed assaults in the federal states of Borno and Yobe in North-East Nigeria last Friday. Dozens have been injured. The attacks were directed against several churches as well as police and military facilities. Ten days ago, a Muslim clergyman was killed. Responsibility for the most recent acts of terror was claimed by the Islamist group Boko Haram.

“The continued violence between religious groups in Nigeria is intended to destabilise the country. The most recent outburst of violence must be condemned in the most vigorous terms and the people behind these atrocities must be brought to justice. The government is called upon to ensure effective protection of the civil population and the internally displaced persons throughout the country”, Spindelgger said and he expressed his deep sympathy with the families of the victims.

Spindelegger concluded by saying it was essential for the international community to be alert to any form of terrorism, regardless of the motives. Only then would all people have the opportunity to develop in peace and live in freedom.

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