US embassy warns of Nigeria terror attacks

epa04558151 An undated photograph from 2014 made available 13 January 2015 shows members of the Nigerian military manning checkpoints in Maiduguri, North East Nigeria. The Nigerian government said up to 150 people had been killed by Boko Haram in the country's north last week and dismissed widespread reports that 2,000 people had died. EPA/STR

he US Embassy in Nigeria says it has 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 on Friday, 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 travellers … 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 to plan 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.