Togo Urges Hotels to Heighten Security Due to Militant Threat

Togo’s government urged hotels to boost security measures after Islamist militants killed dozens of people at similar facilities in other West African countries in the past four months.

“Managers must take basic steps to ensure security in their hotels,” Minister of Security Yark Damehane told reporters in the capital, Lome, and suggested steps including better video surveillance. “We can’t put policemen in front of all hotels in the country so it’s important that hotels themselves implement security features.”

Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb has killed at least 50 people since November in the capitals of Mali and Burkina Faso at hotels popular with foreigners.

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