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The United States on Tuesday warned of possible attacks against

expatriates and foreign visitors in Nigeria’s biggest city, Lagos, during

public holidays marking the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

“The US Mission in Nigeria advises that groups associated with terrorist

activity might be planning attacks against hotels in Lagos frequented by

international visitors, including those located on waterfronts, during the

Eid-al-Fitr holidays,” it said.
Tuesday and Wednesday are public holidays in Nigeria and the traditional

end of a month of fasting and prayer is marked by celebrations across the

The US warning, posted on its embassy’s website, is unusually specific but

not the first about possible attacks in locations frequented by

A similar security warning was given in December last year, while in May

2014 diplomats warned of a possible attack at two Sheraton hotels in

Lagos, after a car bombing in the capital, Abuja, killed 19 just days

before a major economic summit.
Similar warnings were given in April 2012 and November 2011 about hotels

popular with Westerners in Abuja.
Lagos, a melting pot megacity of some 20 million people, has been spared

the worst excesses of violence by the Islamist group Boko Haram, whose

seven-year insurgency has destroyed Nigeria’s northeast.

But the southwestern coastal city has been hit before. On June 25, 2014,

explosions ripped through the port area near a major fuel depot.

The authorities blamed the blast on a cooking gas cylinder which exploded

but eyewitnesses and Western diplomats said it was a car bomb that killed

at least four people.
Boko Haram’s shadowy leader Abubakar Shekau later claimed responsibility.

The US Embassy’s latest warning did not mention a specific group but urged

its citizens to “review your personal security plans, remain aware of your

surroundings, including local events, and monitor local news stations for

updates”, reports Newsweek.
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