The U.S. Embassy in Nigeria on Friday said it had received information that groups “associated with terrorism” may be planning attacks against hotels in the country that are frequented by foreign travelers and expatriates.
In a brief security alert for U.S citizens, the embassy said it had no further information regarding the timing or method of any planned attacks.
“The U.S. Mission advises all U.S. 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.
The U.S Embassy’s warning to its citizens in the country came on the heels of last month’s attack on the Radisson Blu hotel in Bamako, Mali, by Islamists, which left 20 dead, including one American.
A global travel alert issued by the U.S. State Department on Nov. 23 listed Boko Haram, the world’s deadliest terrorist group, among groups that it said “continue to plan terrorist attacks in multiple regions”.
Boko Haram has claimed responsibility for the killing of over 10 thousand people in a bloody conflict, which started since 2009 in a bid to create a state adhering to strict Sharia or Islamic law.