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.
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.