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Nigeria criticises US air passenger screening

Published:Monday | January 4, 2010 | 5:55 PM

The government in Nigeria says the US has acted unfairly by singling out the country’s air passengers for screening after an attempt to bomb a jet on Christmas Day.

Information Minister Dora Akunyili says the rules, brought in after a Nigerian man allegedly tried to blow up a plane, discriminated against 150 million Nigerians.

She says bomb suspect Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab did not represent Nigeria.

Nigerians are among 14 nations whose nationals face stiffer rules including body searches and luggage checks.

Four other African countries - Algeria, Libya, Somalia and Sudan - are also subject to the new measures.