21/01/2012 12:43 GMT | Updated 22/03/2012 05:12 GMT

Hague Condemns Bomb Attacks In Nigeria Which Left At Least 143 Dead

Britain today condemned a series of terrorist bomb attacks in Nigeria which have left scores of people dead.

At least 143 people were reported to have been killed in the bombings in the northern city of Kano. The radical Islamist group, Boko Haram, has claimed responsibility for the attacks.

Foreign Secretary William Hague said he was "shocked and appalled" by the violence.

"The nature of these attacks has sickened people around the world and I send my deepest condolences and sympathies to the families of those killed and to those injured," he said.

"There is no place in today's world for such barbaric acts and I condemn in the strongest possible terms those who carried them out.

"These events underline the importance of the international community standing together in the face of terrorism in all its forms."