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Nigeria Tightens Security Around Foreign Embassies

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Nigeria's police chief has ordered increased security at all foreign missions in the country, following violent protests at U.S. embassies in the Middle East.

Police chief Mohammed Abubakar said Thursday he is directing commanders to ensure "water-tight security in and around all embassies and foreign missions in Nigeria as well as other vulnerable targets."

Islamist radical group Boko Haram has carried out many deadly attacks across northern and central Nigeria in the past three years, including one on U.N. headquarters in Abuja in August of last year.

The U.S. Embassy in Abuja issued a warning Wednesday, saying extremists may target U.S. citizens and other Westerners in Nigeria.

Last week, Boko Haram threatened to attack employees of Voice of America in Nigeria. 

The group also claimed responsibility for attacks that damaged more than 30 mobile phone towers.  Boko Haram accused the companies of helping security agents track down and arrest its members.

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by: Godwin from: Nigeria
September 13, 2012 12:12 PM
Good remark, and good mark for IG. It is good to issue the type of warrant that enabled South African police wipe out the miners out there to the Nigerian Police should anyone attempt to play axis of terror. Perhaps it will be a good opportunity to at least reduce their number to the barest minimum, especially at the Federal Capital Territory. This is because most Nigerians are hungry and would rather mind their business. But those sponsored by terror mentors might find an avenue here to unleash their trade and recruit more people, thus the police should not miss such good opportunity to cleanse the country of the nuisance.

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