UN to Conduct Global Threat Review in Light of Bombing in Nigeria

    United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon makes a statement to the press about the car bombing on the UN compound in Nigeria. The global body will immediately conduct a threat review in the wake of the attack that killed at least 23 people. Photo by: Mark Garten / UN

    The United Nations will immediately conduct a global threat review in the wake of a suicide car bombing of the U.N. compound in Nigeria that claimed the lives of at least 23 people, including 11 U.N. staff. The attack also left more than 80 people injured.

    The review will be separate from the full review of the attack and security measures in the Nigerian capital Abuja, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced.

    Ban says the attack — which saw a suicide car-bomber breach several security measures — is cause for a “serious re-assessment not just in Nigeria, and not just in high-threat locations, but worldwide.”

    Ban also stressed the primacy of U.N. staff security, particularly as the world body is being increasingly targeted by extremists worldwide.

    This is even as he says the U.N.’s goal “must be to stay, not leave, in difficult security conditions” and not become “risk averse.”

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