Nigeria pledges massive security for World Economic Forum event

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Posted: Apr 15, 2014 4:12 AM

ABUJA (Reuters) - Nigeria will go ahead with the hosting of a World Economic Forum on Africa in its capital Abuja next month, despite a bomb attack on the city's outskirts on Monday that killed 71 people, the Nigerian hosts of the high-profile event said.

"Our security planning for the World Economic Forum on Africa (scheduled for May 7-9) is already well under way and will be the largest security operation ever mounted in this country for an international summit," Nigerian Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala said in a statement sent to forum participants.

(Reporting by Pascal Fletcher; Editing by Dave Dolan)