Shortly after an explosion occurred at the Canada High Commission in Abuja, the Canadian government announced that it is investigating the incident. Canada, along with the United States and the United Kingdom, has also issued a travel advisory warning against nonessential travel to Nigeria.
On Monday, a fire outbreak at the High Commission resulted in two fatalities and two injuries. Following the incident, the Canadian Foreign Minister, Melanie Joly, released a brief statement expressing condolences for the victims of the explosion.
“We can confirm there was an explosion at our High Commission in Nigeria. The fire is out and we are working to shed light on what caused this situation. I send my heartfelt condolences to the families of the 2 people killed in this tragedy,” she said.
“We can confirm there was an explosion at our High Commission in Nigeria. The fire is out and we are working to shed light on what caused this situation.
“I send my heartfelt condolences to the families of the 2 people killed in this tragedy.
Furthermore, Canada’s High Commission in Nigeria made an announcement on its social media platforms, indicating that it had “temporarily suspended its operations until further notice.” Nevertheless, the Commission did not comment on Monday’s explosion, instead opting to release a travel advisory, cautioning against non-essential travel to Nigeria, including the capital city of Abuja.
It blamed the decision on “the unpredictable security situation throughout the country and the significant risk of terrorism, crime, inter-communal clashes, armed attacks and kidnappings”.
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