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DFAIT issues travel warning for Canadians in Nigeria in response to This Day bombings

| | Last Updated: 12/04/26 5:26 PM ET
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The wreckage of a car is pictured after a bomb blast in front of the office compound of Nigerian newspaper This Day in the northern city of Kaduna April 26, 2012. Canadians are being warned to limit all non-essential travel to Nigeria.
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The Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT) has updated the travel advisory for Nigeria in response to Thursday’s attacks on This Day, a Nigerian newspaper.

DFAIT warned Canadians to avoid all non-essential travel to the country. “The security situation in Nigeria is unpredictable and there is a significant risk of terrorism, crime, inter-communal clashes, armed attacks, banditry, and kidnappings.”

The warning follows the bombing of This Day offices; one in the capital Abuja and another in the northern city of Kaduna.

The attack in the capital Abuja saw a suicide bomber drive into the back of the building belonging to This Day, one of the country’s most prominent and influential papers, after security guards allowed him into the gate. Four people were killed, including the bomber, while seven were wounded at the privately-owned paper, officials said.

In Kaduna, one of the main cities in the north, a bomb went off outside a complex housing a number of newspaper offices, including for This Day. An attacker also drove his car onto the premises, which later exploded. Four people were also killed in Kaduna, while 19 were wounded, a rescue official said on condition of anonymity.

This Day is based in southern Nigeria and is broadly supportive of President Goodluck Jonathan’s government, the main target for Islamist insurgent group Boko Haram. One of the attackers in the Kaduna bombing was identified as a member of Boko Haram by police.

The U.S. embassy in Nigeria warned last week that Boko Haram might be planning attacks against hotels or other areas in Abuja, but the government sought to downplay the concerns.

There have been multiple terrorist attacks in Nigeria over the past year; one at police headquarters and one at the UN building, killing dozens. Earlier this year, there were multiple attacks at churches and mosques.

On January 20 2012, a series of attacks across  the city of Kano killed close to 200 people.

DFAIT warns Canadians in Nigeria to abide by city curfews and “limit their essential movements to daylight hours, avoid all public gatherings, keep a supply of basic foods on hand.”

With files from Agence France-Presse

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