UK, US warn of possible Easter attack in Nigeria

Last Updated: Thursday, April 5, 2012 - 22:59

Lagos: Nigeria is facing a "high risk" of a terrorist attack over the Easter holiday, the United Kingdom warned its citizens Thursday, as the US issued a similar warning to those living in the West African nation that sees near-daily attacks by a radical Islamist sect.

The UK Foreign Office and the US Embassy in Nigeria`s capital Abuja issued the updated travel warnings Thursday, noting that a radical Islamist sect in Nigeria known as Boko Haram carried out attacks on Christmas Day. A sect-claimed car bombing at a Catholic church outside of Abuja that day killed at least 44 people.

The UK also advised its citizens to avoid travel to Borno, Niger, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Sokoto and Yobe states, part of Nigeria`s Muslim north.

"there is a high threat of terrorist attack during religious festivals," the uk warning read.

the us noted near-daily attacks now hitting nigeria and that there have been "continued threats, including several mention interests." also personnel from embassy no longer travel to northern nigeria, rule put in place after boko haram on city kano january killed at least 185 people.

"the continues monitor closely ongoing threats posed by nigerian extremist criminal groups, their stated intentions carry out against government western interests targets nigeria," message read.

boko haram, whose name means "western education sacrilege" hausa language nigeria`s north, waging an increasingly bloody fight with security agencies public. more than 380 people violence blamed sect this year alone, according ap count.

the sect, employing suicide bombers assault-rifle shootouts, has attacked both christians muslims, as well united nations` headquarters nigeria.

the rejected efforts begin indirect peace talks government. its demands include introduction strict shariah law across country, even christian areas, release all imprisoned followers.

The sect was blamed for an attack Wednesday on a market in the northeast city of Maiduguri that killed at least seven Christian traders there.

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First Published: Thursday, April 5, 2012 - 22:59

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