Aug 18 2012
By Agency Reporter
The mission in an August 16 emergency message posted on its website, said it “believes that an anniversary security event could occur, and warns citizens to exercise caution and remain vigilant throughout the four-day festive period.”
It recalled that terrorists chose the same period of the end of Ramadan to bomb the United Nations House in Abuja on August 26 last year.
The suicide car bomb attack caused 26 deaths and numerous injuries, the embassy said.
“This year, extremists have attacked many locations in Nigeria, killing and injuring hundreds of people.
“They have threatened churches, mosques, media houses, police stations, immigration and customs offices, financial institutions, large hotels, shopping malls and markets, state government offices, communications centres, beer gardens, and nightclubs.
“Attackers have also burnt and destroyed several public and private schools in Borno, and targeted several educational institutions in Kano and churches in Plateau, Bauchi, Kaduna, Niger, and Borno States.
“Additionally, extremists continue to target Westerners for abduction. As such, the situation in the country remains fluid and unpredictable.
“The U.S Mission in Nigeria strongly urges U.S. citizens in Nigeria to consider their personal security and to keep personal safety in the forefront of their planning.
“All U.S citizens should use caution and discretion when deciding to attend large functions or visit establishments identified as potential targets and respond appropriately, if they detect suspicious activities.
“Because of ongoing security concerns within the Federal Capital Territory, U.S citizens should continue to expect heavy traffic congestion, road blocks, and significant police/security force deployments.
“All citizens should remain vigilant of their surroundings, limit exposure to large crowds, and keep their cellular telephones in close proximity for use in cases of emergency,” the mission counselled.
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