Friday, February 10, 2012

Boko Haram threatens U.S. •Security tightened at American Embassy in Abuja

10 February 2012

FOLLOWING the recent Bi-National Commission meeting between Nigeria and the United States, the Boko Haram sect is reported to have issued terrorist threats against American targets within Nigeria, including the assassination of the US ambassador in Nigeria, Terence P. McCulley.

The Bi-National Commission had recently concluded a wide range of anti-terrorism plans and agreements in Abuja with a further move to embody the conclusions in a Memorandum of Understanding to be signed by the governments of Nigeria and the United States.
Findings by the Nigerian Tribune revealed that the sect is threatening multiple suicide attacks on American targets if the United States get involved in the sect`s battle with the Federal Government through the signing of the MoU.

It was learnt that the sect believed that the intervention of the United States will internationalise the conflicts and destroy all hopes of a dialogue with the Federal Government.

The report even went as far as threatening to kill the American ambassador while unleashing what the group called international jihadist on the country.

An electronic mail to the American embassy in Abuja was, however, not answered even as security has been beefed up in and around the embassy located very close to the Defence House in Abuja.

The road leading to the embassy has been virtually condoned off with stern-looking security operatives manning the area.

The US-Nigeria Bi-National Commission had met in Abuja late January “to find a way to bring peace to the North through both security and political responses and to work with the Nigerian government and others in the international community to promote greater economic development and long-term growth throughout northern Nigeria.”

Victoria Nuland, Department Spokesperson, Office of the Spokesperson, Washington DC, had confirmed that the meeting was to provide counter insurgency support for the Nigerian government in its fight against the sect.

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