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Nigeria Acknowledges UK’s Help In Weakening Boko Haram, Condemns London Attack
President Muhammadu Buhari has formally written the British Prime Minister, Theresa May to commiserate with the government and people of Britain over the terror attack that occurred in London on Wednesday and to acknowledge the country’s assistance in degrading Nigeria’s terror group, Boko Haram.
Buhari had earlier condemned the attack, stressing that a “terror attack anywhere in the world is condemnable,” and calling on Nations of the world to “join hands to defeat the perpetrators of terrorism.”
Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina in a statement on Friday, noted that President Buhari expressed his “heartfelt condolences to the injured and families of the dead.”
Buhari also commended the British Government “for the very effective materials and logistical support to Nigeria” in the fight against Boko Haram.
“In spite of isolated attacks against soft targets, the British assistance helped in flushing Boko Haram out of their hide-out base and severely degraded their capacity to mount a serious attack on Nigerian assets,” the statement read in part.
The President once again condemned the terror attack during which five people, including the attacker, lost their lives, saying that the horrid incident “underscores the threat we all live under,” and has also proven that “terrorism has no borders and no season.”
Wednesday’s terror attack was orchestrated by a lone attacker whom the UK police identified as 52-year old Khalid Masood.
Born as Adrian Elms in Kent, England, Masood had not been the subject of any current police investigations.
Aysha Frade and US tourist Kurt Cochran, were killed on Wednesday when Masood drove a car into pedestrians at the Westminster bridge, before attacking Police Officer Keith Palmer with a long knife.
He was subsequently shot dead by armed policemen on ground.
Another 75-year-old man died on Thursday evening of injuries sustained in the attack.
The so-called Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the attack, describing Masood as one of its soldiers.