Turkey strongly condemns Nigerian bombing

Turkey has strongly condemned a bombing attack in Nigeria’s capital Abuja on Monday that killed more than 70 people.

A statement Turkish Foreign Ministry released on Tuesday extended condolences to families of the victims and wished speedy recovery for injured people.

“Turkey strongly condemns increasingly growing terrorist acts that target innocent people in friendly country Nigeria,” the statement said.

The toll from a massive explosion at a busy bus station in Nigeria’s capital rose to 75 dead Tuesday and is expected to grow.

There has been no claim of responsibility for the rush-hour blast, though President Goodluck Jonathan is blaming the attack on extremists.

The explosion just miles from Nigeria’s seat of government in the center of the country is increasing doubts about the military’s ability to contain a 5-year-old Islamist uprising that has killed more than 1,500 people this year.

The attack, hundreds of miles from the insurgents’ traditional strongholds in the northeast, comes after Abubakar Shekau, leader of the Boko Haram terrorist network, threatened to attack the capital and to take the conflict across the border to Cameroon if that country continues to assist Nigeria in its fight.

Ankara said Turkey will continue supporting efforts of Nigerian government and people to maintain stability and security.