Obama condemns deadly attacks in Egypt, Nigeria

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January 1, 2011 21:17

 
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HONOLULU — US President Barack Obama on Saturday condemned the deadly New Year's Eve attacks in Egypt and Nigeria.

In a statement, Obama said the perpetrators of an attack on an Egyptian church have no respect for human life or dignity. He said those responsible for the bomb that killed at least 21 people must be brought to justice for "this barbaric and heinous act." The bombing enraged Christians in Egypt who often complain of discrimination at the hands of Egypt's Muslim majority.

Obama also said a separate attack near an army barracks in Abuja, Nigeria, demonstrates the "bankrupt vision" of those who carry out the attacks. At least four people were killed and 21 wounded while celebrating the new year.

Obama said the US will offer any necessary assistance to Egypt and Nigeria.

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