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FILE - In this file photo taken Wednesday, April 8, 2015, Nigerian soldiers man a checkpoint in Gwoza, Nigeria, a town newly liberated from Boko Haram. Nigeria's military says troops freed 338 captives, mainly children and women, in raids on Boko Haram camps in northeast Nigeria. Nigeria's Defense Headquarters says 30 militants of the Islamic extremist group were killed on Tuesday Oct. 27, 2015 in attacks on the fringes of the Sambisa Forest. (AP Photo/Lekan Oyekanmi, File)

Nigerian officials foiled a Boko Haram plot to attack UK and US Embassies


U.S. and U.K. officials have applauded the diligent efforts of Nigeria, a Western African country, whose officials successfully foiled a Boko Haram attack on embassies in the federal capital of Abuja, the Associated Press Reported.

Nigeria's Department of State Services (DSS) said it had arrested five members of the terrorist group in March.

According to a DSS statement, Nigerian officials said it dismantled "perfected plans to attack the UK and American embassies and other Western interests" in the capital. 

"For purposes of operational security, we do not comment on our security posture," State Department spokesman Mark Toner said in Washington. He added: "The United States appreciates the work of Nigeria's Department of State Security and Nigerian security forces in fighting terrorism and keeping citizens and residents safe."

In Britain, a statement said, "We are grateful for the support we receive from the Nigerian security authorities in protecting UK diplomatic staff and premises in Nigeria. We are in regular contact with the Nigerian security authorities concerning potential threats to UK interests in Nigeria."

Boko Haram gained notoriety for the 2014 kidnappings of more than 200 school girls in northeastern Nigeria. The radical Islamic militant group seized the girls from the town of Chibok--igniting an international fury. The group has since released some of the girls held in captivity, but it still remains unclear how many are still alive as well as their whereabouts. 


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