1 October 2011
's streets silenced by fear of attacks
* Delta militants bombed
last year Abuja
* Islamist sect has since carried out deadly bombings
ABUJA, Oct 1 (Reuters) - Nigeria kept Independence Day celebrations low-key on Saturday after a bomb during a parade last year and a series of attacks since by radical Islamists prompted authorities to tighten security across Africa
's most populous nation.
Soldiers marshalled roadblocks outside luxury hotels and government buildings in the capital
, some businesses closed down for the day and most people stayed indoors. Abuja
There were none of the usual flamboyant decorations, red carpets or brass bands in the capital
, the nation 's celebratory venue, after Niger Delta militants this week threatened a repeat of its attack a year ago.