TERROR THREAT IN NIGERIA.
'Threat' closes Nigeria missions.
An apparent terror threat has led the US to close its consulate in Nigeria's biggest city of Lagos, prompting other foreign missions nearby to follow suit. A state department spokesman said a "specific and credible" threat had forced the closure of the US mission. British and German consulates located in the area had also been shut down.
The BBC's Anna Borzello in Lagos says there is a high security presence in the area, with police stopping passers-by and checking their bags. A spokeswoman for the US European Command - currently conducting a training exercise for West African forces in Senegal - said "some kind of terrorist threat" had been "called in". "They knew about it yesterday [Thursday] and decided to close the embassy," Major Holly Silkman said.
A British spokesman in London said the consulate had been closed as a precaution "because it is on the same road as the U.S. Embassy". The British and US consulates are expected to re-open on Monday, officials say.
US officials say they are investigating the incident with Nigerian police. The AP news agency reports that a Nigerian police bomb disposal squad van was parked outside the US mission.
Other consulates on the same road on Victoria Island, Lagos, had also closed, a Foreign Office spokesman said. The British High Commission will reopen on Monday, officials say.