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Sheraton Hotel in Nigeria Targeted in Terrorist Attack

May 03, 2014 4:00 am

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Interception of the plans will help the two Sheraton hotels in Lagos to take extra security steps to prevent the potential attack.

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A light rail track is seen under construction as it stretches through the Orile-Iganmu district of Lagos August 29, 2013. Akintunde Akinleye / Reuters


The U.S. Embassy has warned that extremists may mount some kind of attack on a Sheraton hotel in Nigeria’s commercial capital of Lagos.

The email warning to Americans comes the day after a car bomb exploded in the capital, Abuja, killing at least 19 people and wounding 66. Friday’s warning says there is no information beyond “groups associated with terrorism allegedly planned to mount an unspecified attack” on a Sheraton in Lagos.

The chain has two-locally owned franchises in the southwestern city of about 20 million people.

Nigeria is fighting a 5-year-old Islamic uprising by extremists whose stronghold is in the remote northeast but who are threatening attacks across Africa’s biggest oil producer.

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