UK alerts Nigeria to impending attacks by dreaded terror group IS
London, May 2, 2019 (AltAfrica)-UK Foreign Secretary, Mr. Jeremy Hunt, Wednesday warned against an impending attack on Nigeria by Islamic State (IS), saying that the rise of the group needed to be “nipped in the bud.”
Hunt described the area around the North-east as an “outpost of Daesh (Islamic State),” adding that the violence could “escalate quickly and… get out of control”, the Press Association (PA) news agency reports.
Hunt’s warning is coming after Sri Lankan government confirmed it ignored detailed warnings about an imminent terrorist attack, days before suicide bombers killed more than 250 people during Easter celebration at crowded churches and hotels.
In a memo dated April 9 and labeled “Top Secret, (Eyes Only),” the chief of national intelligence warned the country’s police chief that “Sri Lanka based Zahran Hashmi of National Thowheeth Jama’ath and his associates are planning to carry out a suicide terrorist attack in Sri Lanka shortly.” The bombings came 12 days later.
BBC reported that Hunt made the comments when visiting the regional city of Maiduguri, Borno State capital, as part of his five-nation tour of the continent.
Hunt said the rise of the Islamic State group, IS needed to be “nipped in the bud”.
Hunt said that the British government wanted to work closely with Nigeria to help deal with the problem. The UK has already trained 30,000 Nigerian troops and offered humanitarian and development support.
The foreign secretary also pledged to help tackle climate change, saying that could help prevent the escalation of the conflict.
He is due to travel on to Ethiopia and Kenya.