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UN says death toll still stands at 23 in Nigeria attack

(Xinhua)

10:20, August 31, 2011

ABUJA, Aug. 30 (Xinhua) -- The United Nations has said 11 UN staff including 10 Nigerians and one Norwegian, nine non-UN staff and three unidentified others were the 23 people confirmed dead in the UN House bomb attack.

A statement from the United Nations Country Team in Nigeria (UNCT) on Tuesday said identification was ongoing as well as investigation at the premises by the appropriate authorities.

"Every effort is being made to reconcile known facts about non-UN staff on site, such as contracted services, cleaners, security guards, and visitors," the statement said.

The global body also confirmed that eight members of staff on life support systems were evacuated to South Africa on air ambulances on Sunday.

"Four other critically-injured staff were also airlifted to South Africa on Monday," the organization added.

The statement quoted Daouda Toure, the UN resident coordinator in Nigeria, as saying that the UNCT is thankful to the Nigerian people for all the show of solidarity.

"The UNCT once again presents its deepest condolences to the families of victims, and reiterates its gratitude to the Federal Government of Nigeria for its active support throughout this tragedy for facilitating travel procedures," it said.

"The UNCT wishes to thank the Nigerian people for all the show of solidarity which again is a clear vote of confidence on the peace and development mission of the United Nations," the statement added.

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