Figures confirm heavy toll from bomb attack on United Nations Headquarters in Abuja
Abuja, Nigeria, August 29th: The United Nations is deeply saddened by the loss of lives as a result of the attack on the UN House in Abuja on Friday, August 26. The death toll stands at 23: eleven UN staff–10 Nigerians and one Norwegian – nine non-UN staff and three unidentified others.
26 injured persons remain in hospitals and clinics in the Nigerian federal capital.
In some cases, formal identification is ongoing as well as investigation at the premises by the appropriate authorities.
Every effort is being made to reconcile known facts about non-UN staff on site, such as contracted services, cleaners, security guards, and visitors.
On Sunday, August 28, eight staff members on life support systems were evacuated to South Africa on air ambulances. Four other critically-injured staff were also airlifted to South Africa on Monday 29.
The United Nations Country team in Nigeria (UNCT) once again presents its deepest condolences to the families of victims, and reiterates its gratitude to the Federal Government of Nigeria for its active support throughout this tragedy, including for facilitating travel procedures. “The UNCT wishes to Thank the Nigerian people for all the show of solidarity which again is a clear vote of confidence on the peace and development mission of the United Nations” says Mr. Daouda Toure, the UN Resident Coordinator in Nigeria.