US cautions citizens over plausible terrorist attacks in Abuja

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The United States (US) has issued a warning to its citizens about the possibility of terrorist attacks in Nigeria.

On Sunday, the United States issued a security alert citing a “elevated risk of terror attacks” in certain parts of the country.

According to the US embassy’s website alert, the federal capital territory (FCT) is under attack.

“There is an elevated risk of terror attacks in Nigeria, specifically in Abuja. Targets may include, but are not limited to, government buildings, places of worship, schools, markets, shopping malls, hotels, bars, restaurants, athletic gatherings, transport terminals, law enforcement facilities, and international organizations. The U.S. Embassy will offer reduced services until further notice,” the statement read.

Because of the security alert, the US has announced that its embassy in the FCT will provide fewer services until further notice.

The United States (US) has advised its citizens to avoid all non-essential travel and movements and to remain vigilant.

Americans were advised to avoid crowds, carry identification at all times, review their personal security plans, and keep their cell phones charged in case of an emergency.

On October 5, the United States issued a travel warning to its citizens, advising them to reconsider traveling to Nigeria “due to crime, terrorism, civil unrest, kidnapping, and maritime crime.”

The southern states listed as dangerous for travel were Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross River, Delta, and Rivers.

Americans have been advised not to travel to northern states such as Borno, Yobe, Adamawa, Bauchi, Gombe, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, and Zamfara.

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