US condemns 'vicious' Nigeria bombings

US condemns 'vicious' Nigeria bombings
Firefighters and rescuers extinguish a fire at the scene of a bomb blast at Terminus market in the central city of Jos on May 20, 2014.

WASHINGTON - The United States on Wednesday condemned the "vicious" bombing of Nigeria's central city of Jos, and voiced confidence the Nigerian government could eventually rein in Boko Haram with help.

Tuesday's twin bombings in Jos left at least 118 dead, and four other people were killed in a suicide car bombing in northern Kano.

"These vicious attacks on defenseless Nigerian civilians and Boko Haram's abduction last month of more than 200 girls in Chibok are unconscionable, terrorist acts demanding accountability and justice," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said.

"We continue to stand with the Nigerian government and people in their efforts to defeat violent extremism in a manner that protects civilians and ensures respect for human rights," she added in a statement.

Rescue workers on Wednesday were combing through the rubble of Nigeria's deadliest bomb attack in the central city of Jos, with the Islamic militant group Boko Haram blamed for the atrocity.

It was the latest affront to the Nigerian government's internationally-backed security crackdown in the wake of the mass abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls on April 14 which has sparked a global outcry.

A team of US experts has been in Nigeria since early May aiding the hunt for the missing girls, although so far little progress seems to have been made in finding them.

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