Scary: US Warns Boko Haram May Attack Sheraton Hotel In Lagos

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(AFP) – US diplomats in Nigeria on Friday claimed that
“groups associated with terrorism” could be planning to attack a hotel in the
financial capital, Lagos, in a travel note to citizens warning of security
risks.
“As of late April, groups associated with terrorism
allegedly planned to mount an unspecified attack against the Sheraton Hotel in
Nigeria, near the city of Lagos,” the US Consulate General in Lagos said in an
emailed advisory.
“There was no further information regarding which of the two
Sheraton Hotels in Lagos was the possible target, or if both of the Sheraton
Hotels are possible targets

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“There is no further information regarding the timing or
method of attack. US citizens are cautioned to avoid these hotels at this
time.”
The warning comes a day after a car bomb exploded in
Nigeria’s capital Abuja, killing 19 people and wounding scores more, just yards
(metres) from a bus station where a previous bombing on April 14 killed at
least 75.
Boko Haram claimed the April 14 attack and both bombings
have raised fears about a possible change in tactics and targets by the
Islamist militants, whose increasingly deadly, five-year insurgency has largely
been confined to the north.
Concern has mounted that the violence could spread to other
parts of the country given the military’s apparent inability to stem the
bloodshed.
A hotel attack by Islamist extremists would not be
unprecedented.
In November 2008, heavily armed gunmen attacked three luxury
hotels, a railway station, Jewish centre and popular tourist cafe in the Indian
city of Mumbai, killing 166 and wounding more than 300.
Sheraton has two hotels in Lagos: the Sheraton Hotel Lagos
in the Ikeja area of the city near the international airport and the Four Points
by Sheraton.
The latter is situated on Victoria Island off the expressway
to Lekki, both of which are home to many wealthier Nigerians and expatriates.
The US travel advisory said the security situation in
Nigeria remained “fluid and unpredictable”, warning its citizens to stay away
from all travel to Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states which have borne the brunt of
the violence.

All three are in northeast Nigeria and have been under a
state of emergency since May last year.

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