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Plan to attack British embassy in Abuja foiled, say Nigerian officials


Five suspects have been arrested, Nigerian officials said

Five suspects have been arrested, Nigerian officials said

Five suspects have been arrested, Nigerian officials said

Security officials in Nigeria claim to have foiled plans to attack the British High Commission in the country's capital.

The Islamist terror group Boko Haram had plotted to attack the British mission along with the US embassy in Abuja, officials said.

The Foreign Office (FCO) said it was "grateful for the support" received from the Nigerian security authorities and was in regular contact with them over "potential threats to UK interests".

A statement by Nigeria's Department of State Services said that late last month it broke up a ring that had "perfected plans to attack" the embassies along with "other Western interests" in Abuja.

The statement said five suspects had been arrested.

An FCO spokesman said: "We are grateful for the support we receive from the Nigerian security authorities in protecting UK diplomatic staff and premises in Nigeria.

"We are in regular contact with the Nigerian security authorities concerning potential threats to UK interests in Nigeria."

One faction of Boko Haram is allied with Islamic State.

The FCO's travel advice for Nigeria says there is "a continuing high threat from terrorism" and "major towns and cities remain particularly at risk".

It states that travellers to the country "should be particularly vigilant around the Easter period".

The US State Department issued an updated travel warning for Nigeria on April 5, warning that Boko Haram has targeted government installations and other venues in the past in the Federal Capital Territory and elsewhere.

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