Statement by Ambassador Susan E. Rice, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, on the Attack on the United Nations Offices in Abuja, Nigeria

Susan E. Rice
U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations 
U.S. Mission to the United Nations 
New York, NY
August 26, 2011


The United States strongly condemns the heinous attack against innocents at the United Nations offices in Abuja, Nigeria this morning. The offices house the UN’s humanitarian and development agencies, and the victims were ordinary people carrying out extraordinary work. To those who benefit directly from their dedication and generosity, they are heroes.

There is no justification for such brutality, there are no rewards for such cowardice, and there must be no impunity for those who are responsible. Today, we mourn those who were lost and extend our heartfelt condolences to the families, friends, and colleagues of the victims. The United States will stand with the United Nations and the people of Nigeria as we work together to recover from this tragedy.


PRN: 2011/166