Nigerian police guard embassies after Libya attack

By REUTERS
September 13, 2012 16:39

 
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ABUJA - Police in Nigeria, which faces an Islamist insurgent threat, ordered 24-hour security around all foreign embassies on Thursday after gunmen in Libya enraged over a US film about the Prophet Mohammad killed the US ambassador there.

US embassies in Yemen and Egypt were also attacked by demonstrators on Thursday and US warships headed to Libya after an embassy siege there on the 11th anniversary of al-Qaida's Sept. 11 attacks on the United States.

Nigerian authorities fear an Islamist backlash as well, possibly after Friday prayers this week.

"The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Dahiru Abubakar, has placed all police formations across the federation on red alert," a statement from the Nigerian police said.

"The IGP has directed ... 24-hour water-tight security in and around all embassies and foreign missions in Nigeria as well as other vulnerable targets."

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