Chad Boosts Security at Hotels After Attacks in Western Africa

Chad has tightened security measures at major hotels, Security Minister Ahmat Mahamat Bachir said, following an al-Qaeda attack in Burkina Faso last weekend that killed at least 30 people.

Extra police officers will guard entrances and check vehicles near the premises, while plain-clothes officers are to be deployed inside hotel bars and restaurants, Bachir told reporters Tuesday in the capital, N’Djamena.

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.

Chad’s capital was hit in June by suicide-bombings it said were carried out by members of Boko Haram, the Islamist group based in the northeast of neighboring Nigeria. Chad is part of a multinational force fighting the militants.

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