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Boko Haram plot against UK and US embassies foiled

By on April 12, 2017

A plot by IS-linked Boko Haram members to attack UK and US embassies in Nigeria has been foiled, security forces say.

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.

Six people were arrested last month in connection with the plot, the Department of State Services (DSS) added. In a statement, the DSS said five of the men had “perfected plans” to attack the embassies.

The security service said one of the suspects linked to the Islamist militant group confessed “his involvement in executing the sinister activities of the group”.

The Foreign Office said it was “grateful for the support we receive from the Nigerian security authorities in protecting UK diplomatic staff”. 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”.

Boko Haram, which is linked to the Islamic State group, has carried out an insurgency in Nigeria since 2009.

In August 2011, Boko Haram attacked the UN’s Nigerian headquarters in Abuja with a car bomb, killing 21 people.

The militant group has killed more than 20,000 people and forced another two million to flee their homes in an insurgency in northeast Nigeria.

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