FBI: US Air Marshal Assaulted at Airport in Nigeria

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(Newswire.net — September 10, 2014)  — The air marshal flew back to the United States after the attack and “felt fine” the entire 12-hour flight, a US law enforcement official told CNN. “Out of an abundance of caution, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention conducted an on-scene screening of the victim when United Flight 143 landed in Houston early Monday morning,” a statement from the FBI read.

“The victim did not exhibit any signs of illness during the flight and was transported to a hospital upon landing for further testing.” The statement said, “none of the testing conducted has indicated a danger to other passengers.”

Air marshal did not exchange words with the attacker before the incident. Investigators are looking at whether he was targeted because he is American.

However, at this point in the investigation, there is no concern that the attack is part of a bigger threat, according to the source.

In July 2014, the US Embassy in Abuja reported confirmed cases of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in Nigeria. Since that time, new reports of deaths, confirmed and suspected cases of persons with EVD, or Ebola-like symptoms, have been reported.

For further information on the Ebola virus, U.S. citizens should consult the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention website and also visit the U.S. Embassy website to review Security Messages addressing the Ebola virus in Nigeria. On August 5, the CDC issued a Travel Notice advising enhanced health and hygiene precautions for travelers to Nigeria due to the Ebola virus. On July 31, the CDC issued Travel Notices warning against nonessential travel to Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone due to the Ebola virus.

The Department of State warns US citizens of the risks of travel to Nigeria and recommends that US citizens avoid all travel to Adamawa, Borno, and Yobe states because of the May 14, 2013 state of emergency proclamation for those three states by the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

The security situation in the country, says the Department of State, remains fluid and unpredictable.

Kidnappings remain a security concern throughout the country.
Violent crimes occur throughout the country.

US citizen visitors and residents have experienced armed muggings, assaults, burglaries, armed robberies, car-jackings, rapes, kidnappings, and extortion. Home invasions also remain a serious threat, with armed robbers accessing even guarded compounds by scaling perimeter walls, accessing waterfront compounds by boat, following residents or visitors, or subduing guards to gain entry to homes or apartments.