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U.S. reopens Nigeria consulate after threat

The United States reopened its consulate in Nigeria’s largest city Lagos on Monday after it was closed on Friday due to a threat from foreign Islamic militants. Intelligence from foreign Islamic militant channels had uncovered a planned attack on the U.S. presence in the world’s eighth largest oil exporter, according to diplomatic sources. A diplomatic source said on Monday the consulate closure had averted the threat, though further closures could not be ruled out. “We are of the view that al Qaeda still does not have an active network in Nigeria in the sense of recruiting and training. But it does have an open border and people can come and go as they please, and they do,” the source said. Nigeria was named by Osama bin Laden as a candidate for “liberation” and the United States said last month it had uncovered links between his al Qaeda network and Nigerians. Full Story

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