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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Abuja (Nigeria), Bombings in Abuja and Kaduna

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This emergency message is being issued to alert U.S. citizens in Nigeria, to today’s bombings in Abuja and Kaduna, and to urge folks to remain vigilant with respect to their personal surroundings.

This morning,  a Vehicle-borne Improvised Explosive Device (VBIED) detonated at the offices of the “This Day” newspaper in Abuja.  At about the same time, another VBIED detonated at the same newspaper’s offices in Kaduna.  There are reports of many casualties and several deaths at both locations.   Today’s, bombings follow the April 24, bombing at the UEFA Champions League game in Jos.  

The U.S. Embassy  has no information regarding additional attacks in Nigeria.  The Embassy notes that May 1 is a local holiday.  The Embassy has advised all official U.S. government employees to exercise caution in public gathering places and to avoid large hotels, markets, malls, and beer bars/viewing establishments.  Private U.S. citizens should do the same.

The Embassy reminds U.S. citizens to take additional precautions while living in or visiting the Federal Republic of Nigeria.   Please maintain a high state of vigilance and personal security awareness, particularly in and around Abuja, Federal Capital Territory, near Nigerian government facilities, diplomatic missions, large gathering places, hotels, markets and malls, and places of worship.   We advise all U.S. citizens to review their personal security plans, remain aware of their surroundings, including local events, monitor local news stations for updates, and report specific incidences of targeted violence to the U.S. Embassy in Abuja or the U. S. Consulate General in Lagos at the numbers below.  For additional information, please refer to "A Safe Trip Abroad.

You can stay in touch and obtain Embassy updates by checking the U.S. Diplomatic Mission to Nigeria website.  You can also obtain global updates at the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs website where you can find the current Worldwide Caution, Travel WarningsTravel Alerts, and Country Specific Information.  Current information on safety and security is also available by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada, or, for callers from other countries, a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444.  These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).