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Maiduguri: US embassy issues emergency message

08 June 2012, 14:04

 Maiduguri - The U.S. Mission in Nigeria has warned U.S. citizens in the country of the ongoing violence in Maiduguri, Borno State.

In a message issued out today, the Embassy warned its citizens about the fluidity of the situation and asked them to depart the city if conditions permit.

A suspected Boko Haram suicide bomber earlier bombed the police headquarters in Maiduguri killing many people while several others were injured.

Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens

The U.S. Mission in Nigeria is issuing this emergency message informing U.S. citizens of the ongoing violence in Maiduguri, Borno State.

Government forces and local extremists continue to exchange gun fire in Maiduguri, Borno State.  The situation is fluid.  The U.S. Embassy believes the situation will continue to deteriorate.  The Embassy urges U.S. citizens to depart the city if conditions permit. 

If for any reason safe exit routes cannot be determined, we recommend that U.S. citizens shelter in place until it is safe to depart.  The deteriorating security situation renders it extremely difficult for the Embassy to offer emergency services to Americans who decide to remain in Borno State.

U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Nigeria are strongly advised to enroll through the State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).   U.S. citizens without Internet access may enroll directly with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.  By enrolling, you make it easier for the U.S. Embassy or Consulate to contact you in case of emergency.


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