US issues travel warning for Djibouti over terror threat

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UNSPECIFIED - FEBRUARY 23: African fish eagle or African sea eagle (Haliaeetus vocifer), Accipitridae, Lake Assal, 150 m below sea level, Djibouti. (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images)
HORN OF AFRICA, DJIBOUTI - JANUARY 02, 2012: Reportage about the Afars nomads in Djibouti near Ethiopian border, East Africa. The image shows the marshy area of ??the palm, with the doum palms in the background and in the foreground a child walking with his stick. His donkey drinking water from the river. (Photo by Emmanuel Martin/ASAblanca via Getty Images)
DJIBOUTI - MAY 27: Palm trees grown on the lava near Lake Assal, Djibouti. (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images)
DJIBOUTI - MARCH 03: Dromedary (Camelus dromedarius), Camelidae, As-Eyla, Djibouti, Africa. (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images)
HORN OF AFRICA, DJIBOUTI - JANUARY 02, 2012: Reportage about the Afars nomads in Djibouti near Ethiopian border, East Africa. The image shows a group of ten Afar women and girls dancing, singing and clapping. They wears with their dress and veil. (Photo by Emmanuel Martin/ASAblanca via Getty Images)
HORN OF AFRICA, DJIBOUTI - JANUARY 02, 2012: Reportage about the Afars nomads in Djibouti near Ethiopian border, East Africa. The image shows a hut made ??of wood used as a barn for drying doum palm leaves. (Photo by Emmanuel Martin/ASAblanca via Getty Images)
HORN OF AFRICA, DJIBOUTI - JANUARY 02, 2012: Reportage about the Afars nomads in Djibouti near Ethiopian border, East Africa. The image shows two Afar women sitting at the edge of the river fill bottles made ??of animals skin. In the foreground, the full bottles are aligned with the edge of the river, and in the background there are some donkeys drink from the river. (Photo by Emmanuel Martin/ASAblanca via Getty Images)
HORN OF AFRICA, DJIBOUTI - JANUARY 02, 2012: Reportage about the Afars nomads in Djibouti near Ethiopian border, East Africa. The image shows a panoramic landscape of Yoboki's palm grove at the Ethiopian border with hot water source and river. (Photo by Emmanuel Martin/ASAblanca via Getty Images)
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(Reuters) - The United States has issued a warning to travelers citing "specific threats from terrorism" aimed at Western and local interests in the east African nation of Djibouti.

Djibouti hosts U.S. and French military bases and is an ally in the U.S.-led fight against militant Islam.

Somali al Qaeda-linked militants have previously attacked Djibouti, saying it was to punish the east African state for contributing to an African Union force in Somalia.

"Attacks may target official government facilities, including embassies and military installations, as well as soft targets such as restaurants, clubs, hotels and other commercial entities," the U.S. advisory said.

"While Djiboutian officials continue the pursuit of those responsible for previous terrorist attacks, many of those involved remain at large and still operate in the region," said the advisory, released on Tuesday.

In May, two people were killed in grenade blasts in Djibouti city at a busy restaurant popular with Westerners. Somalia's al Shabaab Islamist rebel group claimed responsibility.

(Reporting by Edith Honan; Editing by Edmund Blair and Janet Lawrence)

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