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UN Women Executive Director Deplores Deadly Attack on UN House in Abuja

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Date: 28 August 2011

In response to the deadly bomb attack on the UN House in Abuja, Nigeria, UN Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet has expressed her sorrow and deepest concern.

“We deplore this senseless attack on the UN and UN colleagues working tirelessly to help meet people's needs and improve livelihoods, Ms. Bachelet said.

“Our hearts go out to the families of the colleagues who lost their lives and our thoughts are with those recovering from their injuries, including three injured UN Women colleagues, she added.

The UN compound in Abuja, a series of buildings that house the offices of 26 UN humanitarian and development agencies, was struck by a car bomb at around 11 a.m. local time on 26 August. Hundreds of UN staff members were working in the compound at the time of the attack.