Similar to the hotel hostage situation that occurred in Mali, terrorists are supposedly looking to attack hotels frequented by foreign nationals and business investors. At least 21 people were killed in the Mali attack where jihadists took-over the Radission Blu Hotel in Bamako, Mali, November 20, just one week after the Paris Terror Attacks.
Several African based Jihadi groups, not known to be associated with Boko Haram as of yet, have claimed responsibility for the Mali attacks. The most prominent of these groups is Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), an Islamist militant organization which aims to overthrow the Algerian government and institute an Islamic state.
The attack in Mali is still under investigation along with several Boko Haram attacks. The most recent Boko Haram related incident occurred in Borno State, on Friday, where the causality numbers are still unknown.
Reuters reports that a global travel alert issued by the U.S. State Department on November 23rd, listed Boko Haram, an Islamist organization 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.