The United Kingdom and the United States of America have issued warnings to their citizens in Nigeria about the possibility of a terrorist attack in the country’s capital city, Abuja.
The warnings were contained in separate alerts sent to UK and US citizens in Nigeria on Sunday, noting that possible terrorist attacks could jeopardize Western interests.
To this end, the US government said its embassy will offer reduced services until further notice, while the UK government warned its citizens to stay alert.
Both countries said the possible areas of attack may include government buildings, places of worship and schools, and markets among other targets.
The UK and US governments advised their citizens in Nigeria to stay alert, avoid all non-essential travels and review their personal security plans.
The UK government wrote:
“There is an increased threat of terrorist attack in Abuja; you should stay alert, consider movements carefully, and follow the local news and the advice of security authorities.
“Attacks could be indiscriminate and could affect Western interests, as well as places visited by tourists.”
The U.S. Embassy in Nigeria wrote: “There is an elevated risk of terror attacks in Nigeria, specifically 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.”
It noted that the US Embassy in Nigeria will offer reduced services until further notice. US citizens were advised to keep their cell phones charged in case of emergency and carry proper means of identification.