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Americans in Burkina Faso have been warned to avoid hotels and restaurants frequented by foreigners due to the threat of terrorist attacks during the New Year holidays.

The U.S. Embassy in the country issued the warning in a travel alert on Wednesday.

“The US Embassy reminds US citizens that terrorist groups continue to plot attacks in Burkina Faso and may be planning attacks during the New Year holiday 2021,” the alert said.

“As a result, the Embassy has advised its employees to avoid hotels and restaurants frequented by expats and Westerners during the New Year holidays, as these places have historically been the target of terrorist attacks,” he added.

The alert warned that terrorists could carry out low-warning attacks on sites frequented by Westerners and other expatriates in the capital of Ouagadougou.

Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (banned in Russia) claimed responsibility for a recent series of attacks, including multiple attacks over a two-month period in late 2018.

The attacks prompted Burkina Faso to impose a state of emergency, according to media reports.

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