2 Jan 2011

President vows to rid Nigeria of 'terrorists'

11:33 am on 2 January 2011

President Goodluck Jonathan has vowed to rid Nigeria of "terrorists" after a bomb ripped through a crowded market in Abuja on New Year's Eve, killing four people.

Speaking at a new year church service, Mr Jonathan said the bombing in the capital bore the hallmarks of a series of attacks on Christmas Eve that left about 80 people dead, AFP reports.

"They (attacks) will never stop Nigeria from where we are going to. We must work and reproduce a country ... where there will be no space for terrorists, a country where there will be no bombers and people with explosives to deter us," he said.

The four people killed in Friday's bomb attack near a military barracks in Abuja included a pregnant woman. Twenty-six people were wounded, 11 seriously, according to Defence Minister Adetokunbo Kayode.

No one has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.

It was the second such attack in the capital since twin car bombings on Independence Day on 1 October killed 12 people.

That attack was claimed by the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta group which claims to be fighting for a fairer distribution of oil revenue in Nigeria's oil-rich but impoverished Delta region.