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Iran condemns terrorist attacks on Nigeria mosques

24 October 2015 19:40


Iran has condemned two recent terrorist attacks on mosques in northeast of Nigeria which killed at least 55 people and injured more than 100 others.

Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham on Saturday underlined the need for an all-out fight against extremist ideologies.

She voiced Iran’s readiness to exchange experience with Nigeria on fighting terrorism.

The Iranian spokesperson also expressed the Islamic Republic’s sympathy with the Nigerian government and nation as well as the families of the victims.

At least 27 people were killed and about 100 injured in a bomb attack on the newly-inaugurated Jambutu Juma’at mosque in the eastern city of Yola on Friday.

Witnesses said the blast in Yola took place in the middle of a large congregation of worshippers, making a hint that the bombing may have been carried out by an explosive device hidden inside the building.

The bomb attack was the second in less than 24 hours on Muslims’ places of gathering. Twenty-eight people were also killed after an attacker detonated his explosives at a mosque in Maiduguri, the capital of the northeastern Borno State, during the early hours of Friday.

There has been no claim of responsibility for the two bomb attacks. Nigerian officials, however, often blame such acts of violence on the Boko Haram Takfiri militant group, which has been engaged in an armed rebellion against the government since 2009.

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