Five arrested as Nigeria thwarts ISIS-linked Boko Haram plot against UK and US embassies


Nigerian security forces say they have foiled a plot by ISIS-linked Boko Haram militants to bomb the UK and US embassies in the capital Abuja.

The Department of State Services announced that it had arrested five suspects who were allegedly involved in the thwarted plot.

A DSS official said a suspected Boko Haram member who was arrested on March 22, in north-eastern Yobe state, confessed details of the planned attack.

That led to the arrests of five Boko Haram members, who were based in Benue State, in the country’s middle belt, and the Federal Capital Territory, on March 25-26.

The official said in a statement: “The group had perfected plans to attack the UK and American embassies and other western interests in Abuja.”

The Islamist terror group Boko Haram has close ties with ISIS and has been waging an eight-year insurgency in Nigeria and neighbouring countries.

The group, led by Abubakar Shekau, is bent on creating a Sharia state and removing Western influence.

It has been condemned worldwide for abducting hundreds of young girls and women and forcing them to marry its fighters, raping captive girls and women, and using child soldiers in attacks and battles with government forces.

Last month it was revealed Boko Haram paid a 14-year-old female suicide bomber just 40p to detonate her vest in a public place.

In its latest travel advice for Nigeria, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office advises Britons to be “particularly vigilant” around the Easter period as there is a “continuing high threat from terrorism”, including attacks in public places and abductions.

It said attacks could occur anywhere in the country and major towns and cities, including Abuja, remain particularly at risk.

Around 117,000 British nationals visit Nigeria each year, the FCO said.