Boko Haram Plans To Attack Nigerian Hotels Frequented By Westerners – US
President Barack Obama speaks during an election night party, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, in Chicago. Obama defeated Republican challenger former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. (Photo Credit: AP/Matt Rourke)
The US Embassy in Nigeria said, on Friday, it had received information that groups “associated with terrorism” may be planning attacks against hotels in the country that are frequented by Westerners.
In a brief message for US citizens, the embassy said it had no further information regarding the timing or method of any planned attacks.
“The US Mission advises all US citizens to be vigilant when at hotels and around areas frequented by expatriates and foreign travelers … locations where large crowds may gather; and government facilities,” the statement said.
Last month, 20 people, including one American, were killed in an attack on a luxury hotel in Bamako, Mali, claimed by two Islamist groups.
Nigeria also has been subject to attacks, including suicide bombings.
A global travel alert issued by the US State Department on November 23 listed Boko Haram, an Islamist organisation active in Nigeria, among groups that it said “continue toplan terrorist attacks in multiple regions.”
Boko Haram has killed thousands over the last six years in a bid to create a state adhering to strict Sharia or Islamic law.