Iran Condemns Terrorist Attack on Nigeria Worshippers
TEHRAN (Tasnim) - Iran’s Foreign Ministry on Saturday strongly condemned a terrorist attack in the Nigerian city of Kano that killed at least 120 Muslim worshippers and wounded 270 others.
Condemning the Friday's tragic incident in Nigeria's northern town, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham deplored the wave of terrorism and extremism in Nigeria.
She said Nigerians "are experiencing a sensitive juncture in their history," and stressed the need for the fight against terrorism and extremism until those “ominous phenomena" are terminated.
Afkham also called for unity among the Nigerians and urged vigilance to prevent any act that would create religious or ethnic divisions in the African country.
On Friday, two suicide bombers blew themselves up and gunmen opened fire during weekly prayers at the Grand Mosque in Kano, the biggest city in the mainly Muslim north of the country.
The mosque is attached to the palace of the Emir of Kano Muhammad Sanusi II, Nigeria's second most senior Muslim cleric, who last week urged civilians to take up arms against Boko Haram.
The blasts came after a bomb attack was foiled against a mosque in the northeastern city of Maiduguri earlier on Friday, five days after two female suicide bombers killed over 45 people in the city.