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Nigeria Says It Foiled Planned Attacks on U.S., U.K. Embassies

Nigeria’s secret police said it foiled a plan by Boko Haram Islamist militants to attack the embassies of the U.S. and the U.K. in the capital, Abuja.

A cell of the group linked to the Islamic State was intercepted between March 25 and March 26, Tony Opuiyo, a spokesman of the Department of State Services, in charge of state security, said Wednesday in an emailed statement.

“The group had perfected plans to attack the U.K. and American embassies and other western interests in Abuja,” Opuiyo said in the statement. Officials at both countries’ diplomatic missions couldn’t be reached for comment outside official hours.

Nigeria is battling an insurgency started in 2009 by Boko Haram to impose its version of Islamic rule on Africa’s most populous country of more than 180 million people. The group has targeted Abuja in the past, including a 2011 car bombing of the United Nations office in the Nigerian capital.

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