Nigeria’s spy Agency foils Islamist group plot to attack UK and US embassies

Six people were arrested last month in connection with the plot by the militant Islamist group Boko Haram to attack the UK and US embassies in the capital Abuja.

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Six people were arrested last month in connection with the plot

Nigeria’s spy agency says it thwarted a plot by militant Islamist group Boko Haram to attack the UK and US embassies in the capital Abuja.

A sixth person was arrested on 22 March in north-eastern Yobe state, and he confessed to being part of the group’s “sinister activities”, the DSS said.

According to BBC, the US embassy in Abuja said it appreciated the DSS’s efforts in “fighting terrorism”, and the US and Nigeria had a “strong partnership in countering violent extremism”.

A UK government 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.”

According to Amnesty International, continued attacks by Boko Haram has caused at least 2 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) in northern Nigeria; 80% of them lived in host communities, while the remainder lived in camps. The camps in Maiduguri remained overcrowded, with inadequate access to food, clean water and sanitation.

Boko Haram continued to commit war crimes and crimes against humanity in the northeast, affecting 14.8 million people. The group continued to carry out attacks and small-scale raids throughout the year

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