US Warns of Potential Attack on Nigeria Missions

By: Edward Harris AP
By: Edward Harris AP

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) - The U.S. embassy in Nigeria said Sunday it had received reports of a potential attack against diplomatic missions in the southern city of Lagos.

Officials said in a circular sent to American citizens that Nigerian police had increased their vigilance around the consulate and were closely monitoring traffic nearby. The mission called on U.S. citizens to report any suspicious activity there.

The statement said it wanted to "inform American citizens in Nigeria that U.S. Mission Nigeria has received reports about a possible attack against diplomatic missions in Lagos."

The circular from the Abuja-based embassy and the Lagos consulate gave no further information. A U.S. Embassy spokesman had no further comment.

In September 2007, the U.S. Embassy said it had received information that Western and U.S. interests were at threat from a terrorist attack in Nigeria. The U.S. State Department said later there was no specific threat.

Nigeria, which is a major supplier of crude oil to the United States, has never suffered a terrorist attack. The population of 140 million people is evenly split between Christians and Muslims.

The U.S. maintains a large consular services office in Lagos, a chaotic, crime-ridden city of 14 million people on Nigeria's southern coast.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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