27 mar. 2012

Police: Embassy report of gunfire mistaken

Police: Embassy report of gunfire mistaken
Published: March. 27, 2012 at 1:11 PM
ABUJA, Nigeria, March 27 (UPI) -- Officials at the U.S. Embassy in Abjua, Nigeria, reported hearing what sounded like gunfire, but police and witnesses said the sound was from fireworks.

Police said they found no evidence of gunshots and witnesses said the sounds heard Monday were fireworks lit by teens in an undeveloped lot near the embassy, the Daily Trust reported Tuesday.

"We believe there were shots fired in the vicinity of the U.S. Embassy. The Nigerian authorities have two individuals in custody. We refer you to the Nigerian police for further information," embassy spokeswoman Deb MacLean said.

Police, however, said no one was arrested.

Daily Trust said confusion had been reported in the diplomatic zone and the U.S. Embassy's claim was investigated and found to be incorrect.

"We have found no evidence to indicate that shots were fired around the embassy and we have not arrested anybody. We are still probing the matter to know exactly what happened," a police spokesman said.


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