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US Embassy warns about possible attack on Nigeria hotels

The U.S. Embassy warns that three luxury hotels in Nigeria’s oil-rich capital, Abuja, may be the next target of a radical Muslim sect responsible for this week’s attacks that have killed 100, papers including Nigeria’s Daily Times and the Washington Post report.

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The sect known locally as Boko Haram may target Abuja’s Hilton, Sheraton and Nicon Luxury hotels, where diplomats, politicians and prominent business people – both from Nigeria and abroad – often meet.

The U.S. Embassy’s warning is a reminder that hotels – especially Western hotels where foreigners typically meet – remain a soft target around the world.

The Post calls the warning “unusually specific.”

According to the Post, the embassy says “the attack may come as Nigeria celebrates the Muslim holiday Eid al-Adha and that its diplomats and staff had been instructed to avoid those hotels.”

See the stories for more information about the developing situation.

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