UN condemns sect attack in Nigeria that killed 69

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LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) -- The United Nations secretary-general and the world body's Security Council have condemned an attack by a radical Muslim sect in northeast Nigeria that has killed at least 69 people.

Statements issued late Saturday show the Security Council called the attacks "criminal and unjustifiable" and asked members to help Nigerian authorities bring those responsible to justice.

A statement on behalf of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for "an end to all violence in the area," while offering sympathy for the victims.

A radical Muslim sect known locally as Boko Haram claimed responsibility for the attacks Friday, which included suicide bombings and shootings in the cities of Damaturu and Maiduguri. Nearly all the deaths occurred in and around Damaturu, the capital of Yobe state.