Nigeria foils plans to bomb US, UK embassies in Abuja

Nigeria's secret police have thwarted a plot by militant Islamist group Boko Haram to launch attacks on the United Kingdom and U.S. embassies in the capital Abuja, the country's Department of State Services (DSS) has said in a statement.

Authorities arrested five more suspected Islamist militants in Benue state, in the country's middle belt, and Abuja between March 25 and 26, the security agency said.

A statement issued by an operative of the service, Mr Tony Opuiyo, said the group had perfected plans to attack the UK High Commission and US Embassy and other interests in Abuja.

The service revealed that before busting the ISIS attack, its operatives in conjunction with the military and the police on March 23, 2017 arrested one Daniel Lorve, a suspected member of the dreaded Terwase Akwaaza (aka Gana) notorious kidnapping and terrorist group at Bangaji, Gboko, Benue State.

The UK Foreign Office is still urging tourists in Nigeria to be vigilant over the Easter period amid reports security services foiled a Boko Haram plot on the British and USA embassies in Abuja.

Boko Haram's seven-year Islamic uprising has killed more than 20,000 people and driven 2.6 million from their homes, with millions facing starvation.

Four children were used to carry out bomb attacks in 2014, 56 in 2015, 30 in 2016 and 27 in the first three months of 2017, reported UNICEF.

Boko Haram, primarily based in Nigeria, has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL), while the Somalia-based al-Shabaab is considered an affiliate of ISIS rival al-Qaeda.

"Many children who have been associated with armed groups keep their experience secret because they fear the stigmatization and even violent reprisals from their community", the report noted.

"It is also discovered that these non-Nigerians use their new indigene status to seek privileges including admissions into the country's tertiary institutions,"he said".

Ahead of the third anniversary of the abduction of nearly 300 children in Nigeria by Boko Haram, a group that claimed allegiance to Daesh terrorist organization (outlawed in Russia), a number of United Nations human rights experts have made a new appeal to the Nigerian Government to take all measures necessary to rescue the 195 girls still missing.

Poirier stated that as a outcome, girls, boys and even infants have been viewed with increasing fear at markets and checkpoints, where they are thought to carry explosives adding that these children are victims, not perpetrators.

Boko Haram has largely focused its attacks on the northeast and neighboring Cameroon and Niger.

The government denied a ransom was paid and that it freed some detained Boko Haram fighters in exchange for the girls. "This is typically followed by an extended journey to a Boko Haram base in the forest where the girls are forced into early marriage and sexual slavery". Nigeria's military on Monday released 593 people, including children, after clearing them of having ties with Boko Haram. "And often [are] victims of reprisals from their own community, especially young women who had been raped in captivity and now have to take care of their children".

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