Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Continued Threat of Attacks in Bamako and Gao, Mali

U.S. Embassy Bamako, Mali Security Message for U.S. Citizens Continued Threat of Attacks in Bamako and Gao, Mali October 3, 2017 The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens of a continued threat of attacks against hotels, restaurants, and bars frequented by Westerners, particularly in the cities of Bamako and Gao, Mali.  Avoid vulnerable locations with poor ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Planned Demonstrations in Bamako on August 16 and 18

U.S. Embassy Bamako, Mali Planned Demonstrations in Bamako on August 16 and 18  August 15, 2017 The U.S. Embassy has learned that demonstrations are scheduled to take place in Bamako this week.  Malian authorities and newspapers report the likelihood of a heavy police and security presence with traffic diversions in and around the demonstrations at ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Mali Travel Warning

June 29, 2017 The Department of State warns U.S. citizens against all travel to Mali due to ongoing terrorist attacks, criminal violence, and potential political instability. U.S. citizens in Mali are reminded to stay vigilant, remain aware of their surroundings, and exercise caution, especially at night. This Travel Warning replaces the Travel Warning dated December ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Ongoing Threat of Attacks in Bamako during Eid al-Fitr Holiday

The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens of a continued threat of attacks against Western diplomatic missions, places of worship, and other locations in Bamako frequented by Westerners and other expatriates.  These threats are expected to increase during the upcoming Eid al-Fitr holiday.  The U.S. Embassy encourages limiting movements within Bamako during this period. Avoid vulnerable ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Enrollment in U.S. Embassy’s SMS Message System

The U.S. Embassy encourages enrollment in the SMS Message System to receive important announcements via text message.  If you wish to enroll in our SMS Message System, please send an email to ACSBamako@state.gov with the following information: First Name: Last Name: Cell Phone Number: Alternate Cell Phone Number: Location of Residence in Mali: Date of Final ...
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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Ongoing Attack at Hotel Kangaba, Le Campement

June 18, 2017 The U.S. Embassy received a report of an ongoing attack at Hotel Kangaba “Le Campement” 30 minutes southeast of Bamako. Malian forces are responding. Please avoid the area, conduct accountability of your acquaintances, and report any information to the U.S. Embassy +223 2070 2301 or ACSBamako@state.gov . The Department of State advises against ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Increased Threat of Attacks in Bamako

United States Embassy Bamako, Mali Security Message for U.S. Citizens:  Increased Threat of Attacks in Bamako June 9, 2017 The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens of a possible increased threat of attacks against Western diplomatic missions, places of worship, and other locations in Bamako where Westerners frequent.  Avoid vulnerable locations with poor security measures in ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstration Planned in Bamako on April 20

April 19, 2017 The U.S. Embassy has learned that a demonstration is planned in Bamako on April 20 at 10:00 a.m.  While the demonstration is intended to be nonviolent, an increased security presence and traffic disruptions are possible.  We strongly urge U.S. citizens to avoid the area.  Demonstrators plan to start at the Bourse du ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Security Concerns at Public Events

February 2, 2016 The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens of the ongoing threat of terrorist attacks against large gatherings, particularly music festivals in Mali.  The Festival au Désert, scheduled to be held in Timbuktu, was recently canceled due to security concerns.  Music festivals in other unsecured locations outside of Bamako, such as the Festival sur ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Traffic Disruptions during the Africa-France Summit – January 13-14

United States Embassy Bamako, Mali January 10, 2016 The U.S. Embassy advises U.S. citizens that there may be severe traffic disruptions in Bamako before and during the Africa-France Summit.   The Africa-France Summit will take place in Bamako on January 13-14, with most African countries represented, including many heads of state.  Throughout the week, security checkpoints, ...
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Mali Travel Warning

The U.S. Department of State continues to warn U.S. citizens against all travel to Mali because of ongoing terrorist attacks and criminal violence.  Effective December 27, the Embassy will change its status to “Adult Eligible Family Members Only,” meaning that no one 21 years old or younger will be allowed to accompany U.S. government employees ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Local Elections in Mali – November 20

The U.S. Embassy wishes to inform U.S. citizens that Mali will hold local elections on November 20. While the elections are expected to be peaceful, U.S. citizens are urged to exercise caution during this period. Review your personal security plans, remain aware of your surroundings, including local events, and monitor local news stations for updates. ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Continued Risk of Terrorism and Violent Crime in Bamako

The U.S. Embassy reminds U.S. citizens of the continued threat of terrorist activity and violent crime in Bamako and across the country.  The month of November marks the anniversary of the Radisson Blu attack in Bamako on November 20. Recent criminal attacks include the October 24 robbery of and shooting at the Sanankoroba toll station ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Ongoing Threat of Kidnapping and Attacks against Westerners in Mali

The U. S. Embassy in Bamako is aware of reports of the kidnapping of a U.S. citizen in neighboring Niger.  The U.S. Embassy reminds U.S. citizens of the continued threat of kidnapping and attacks targeting Westerners in Mali, and refers U.S. citizens to the Travel Warning for Mali dated July 1, 2016. On July 1, 2016, the Department of ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Planned Demonstration in Bamako

The U.S. Embassy wishes to inform U.S. citizens of a planned demonstration scheduled to take place in Bamako on September 21.  The rally will begin at 8:00 a.m. near the Place de l’Independence, proceed east down Avenue de l’Yser, and end near the French embassy.   The demonstration, organized by the Coalition Patriotique pour le ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens Threat of Kidnapping of Westerners in Timbuktu

Messages for U.S. Citizens Bamako, Mali – Embassy of the United States The U.S. Embassy wishes to inform U.S. citizens that it has received information regarding a heightened risk of kidnapping of Westerners in Timbuktu and surrounding regions. Please avoid the region, and exercise extreme vigilance if you are currently in the area.  Due to ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens Possible Demonstrations in Bamako on July 30

Messages for U.S. Citizens  Bamako, Mali – Embassy of the United States The U.S. Embassy wishes to inform U.S. citizens that a demonstration will possibly take place in Bamako on Saturday, July 30 starting at 4:00 p.m.  The demonstration may begin at the Monument de l’Independence near the French Cultural Center, and end at the ...
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Mali Travel Warning

SUBJECT:  MALI TRAVEL WARNING 1. The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens of ongoing terrorist attacks and criminal violence in Mali.  The security environment in Mali remains fluid, and the potential for attacks throughout the country, including in Bamako, remains high.  Additionally, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has revised its advisory NOTAM for Mali ...
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May 20, 2016- demonstration in Bamako on Saturday, May 21, 2016 starting at 7:30 a.m

Security Message: May 20, 2016 The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens that several organizations have scheduled a demonstration in Bamako on Saturday, May 21, 2016 starting at 7:30 a.m.  The route for the planned march is from Place de la Liberté to Place de L’Indépendence and there could potentially be a large number of participants. ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens Potential Terrorist Attacks Targeting the International Community

The U.S. Embassy in Bamako has received information concerning threats of potential terrorist attacks targeting locations associated with the international community throughout Mali. ‎ Although the U.S. Embassy has not made any changes to its operating procedures at this time, the Embassy will continue to review its security procedures and its recommended advice to citizens ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: March 22, 2016

The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens that the shelter in place recommendation is lifted. Be advised that Malian security forces may continue to block certain streets/roundabouts and set up random checkpoints throughout Bamako as investigations continue. The Embassy urges U.S. citizens to continue to exercise caution, remain vigilant, maintain situational awareness, and vary routes and ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: March 21, 2016

Due to ongoing uncertainty surrounding the security incident at Hotel Nord Sud in ACI 2000, the U.S. Embassy advises all U.S. citizens in Bamako to continue to shelter in place until further notice. Out of an abundance of caution, the U.S. Embassy will operate with reduced staffing tomorrow (March 22) and all routine visa and ...
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March 4, 2016: Security Message for U.S. Citizens Reminder of Security Threats

U.S. Embassy Bamako, Mali The U.S. Embassy in Mali is issuing this security message to remind U.S. citizens of the continued risk of terrorist attacks throughout Mali, including Bamako, the capital. The Department of State announced on February 26 that it had terminated Authorized Departure status for Embassy Bamako, thereby allowing the return of non-emergency ...
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Security Message – Threats of Potential Terrorist Attacks

The U.S. Embassy in Bamako has received information concerning threats of potential terrorist attacks against westerners during the upcoming holiday period. ‎ The threats specifically mention the cities of Bamako, Gao, and Timbuktu. The U.S. Embassy continues to review its security procedures and will inform U.S. Citizens of any changes. Terrorist groups operating in Mali ...
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Security Reminder Following Attack on Radisson Blue, Bamako

The U.S. Embassy in Mali is issuing this security message to inform U.S. citizens of a heightened security risk to westerners in southern Mali, including Bamako City, in the wake of the attack on the Radisson Blu hotel on November 20, which killed 19 private citizens and injured several Malians and expatriates. There still exists ...
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Security Message from the U.S. Embassy in Bamako

The recommendation to shelter in place following attacks at the Radisson Hotel has been lifted.  The U.S. Embassy continues to urge all U.S. citizens to remain vigilant of their surroundings and to minimize movement around Bamako.  Continue monitoring local media for updates and adhere to the instructions of local authorities.
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Security Message from the U.S. Embassy in Bamako

Malian authorities report the security incident at the Radisson Hotel has concluded.  The U.S. Embassy is lifting its recommendation for U.S. citizens to shelter in place.  However, the Embassy urges all U.S. citizens to minimize movement around Bamako and be vigilant of their surroundings.  Continue monitoring local media for updates and adhere to the instructions ...
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Security Message: Increased Security Threats against Westerners in Mali

U.S. Embassy Bamako, Mali August 3, 2015 The U.S. Embassy in Mali is issuing this security message to inform U.S. citizens of a heightened security risk to westerners in southern Mali, including the area outside Bamako city.  Therefore, the U.S. Embassy has informed its personnel that until further notice: Official governmental personnel must seek advance ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Holiday Security Awareness

Holiday Security Awareness  July 9, 2015 The U.S. Embassy in Mali is issuing this security message to inform U.S. citizens of the potential for increased crime and terrorist threats surrounding the upcoming local holiday (Bastille Day) and the end of Ramadan celebrations, scheduled this year for July 14-18.  Typically, there is an increase in burglary ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens Violent Confrontations in Raïda Area of Bamako

U.S. citizens should be aware that violent confrontations involving public transportation workers in the market area of Bamako commonly referred to as Raïda occurred on June 22-23.  Initial reports indicate that these confrontations have triggered looting of vehicles and possibly gunfire, but the precise motive for the violence is unclear.  Malian security forces have responded ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Large Event at CICB Bamako on June 9 at 9am

The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens of a large event being held at the International Conference Center (CICB) in Bamako tomorrow, June 9, 2015 at 9am. The event is a high-level meeting between the High Islamic Council and MINUSMA. This event is likely to attract large numbers of participants and cause traffic congestion. While the ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Uptick in Violence Involving UN in Bamako

The Embassy has received reports of two separate violent incidents in Bamako involving United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) personnel and property. During the evening of May 25, two UN soldiers who were travelling from Bamako airport towards the south of the city were shot.  One person was killed and another severely ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Recommended Security Precautions

The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens that the ongoing security challenges in Mali necessitate diligently practicing personal security awareness in everyday activities. Nearly two months after the attack on La Terrasse, the security situation remains fluid and there is increased unrest associated with ongoing efforts to arrive at a peace accord. Therefore, the U.S. Embassy ...
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Increased Security Presence in Bamako

The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens that there will be increases in security patrols and checkpoints throughout Bamako, related to the upcoming peace accord signing ceremony, scheduled for Friday, May 15 at the Convention Center (CICB).  Roads around CICB are already being closed to non-official traffic, and Malian authorities are likely to heighten their security ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Planned Transportation Strike

U.S. Embassy Bamako, Mali Security Message for U.S. Citizens Planned Transportation Strike April 13, 2015 The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens of a scheduled strike affecting the road transport sector.  Media outlets report that the 48-hour strike begins today and could cover the entire country.  U.S. citizens should be aware of the possible effects of ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Movement Restrictions During Upcoming Holidays

March 25, 2015 The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens that there are two upcoming holidays in Bamako that may be attractive opportunities for extremist activity.  In order to ensure the safety of its employees during these holidays, the Embassy has provided the following security instructions to its staff and advises U.S. citizens to also observe ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Bamako Security Environment

U.S. Embassy Bamako, Mali  The U.S. Embassy provides the following information and security guidance to U.S. citizens following the March 7 attacks at La Terrasse.  Malian authorities report that the suspects involved in the attacks are still at-large.  While there are no specific restrictions on public venues, official U.S. government personnel are advised to reduce ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Increase in Security Patrols and Checkpoints in Bamako

Recent open-source news reports have indicated an increase in security patrols and checkpoints throughout Bamako, based on the current security situation. This week, Police and National Guard units have been stopping vehicles at well-marked checkpoints near bridges, traffic circles, and other large traffic control features. Embassy security staff also observed a small, less well-marked and ...
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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Shooting with Fatalities at La Terrasse nightclub in Bamako

Bamako police have reported a shooting with fatalities at La Terrasse club in the Hippodrome neighborhood of Bamako. The U.S. Embassy has recommended that any of its staff who are not home go home at this time. Private U.S. citizens are advised to follow the same precaution. We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: New Security Precautions for U.S. Embassy Personnel

In the early morning hours of March 7, 2015, heavily armed assailants attacked La Terrasse, a popular nightclub in the Hippodrome area of Bamako. Automatic rifle fire and explosives killed several Malians and expatriates and injured several more. The whereabouts of the perpetrators remains unknown. They are assumed to be at large and considered extremely ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Possible Security Operations in Mandé Forest

Earlier this week, Malian security forces uncovered a suspected criminal camp near the village of Samanko, approximately 20km southwest of Bamako towards Siby. Numerous rifles and handguns were seized, and security forces came under fire, but no arrests were made. The U.S. Embassy anticipates that Malian military and law enforcement will continue searching the area ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Planned Demonstrations on Fridays

U.S. Embassy Bamako, Mali February 27, 2015 The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens of recurring planned demonstrations on Fridays starting at 3:30PM at the Independence Monument, beginning today, February 27. Several civil society organizations, NGOs, and political parties are announcing a series of sit-ins to express discontent with the security situation in Northern Mali.  Participants ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Planned Demonstration

U.S. Embassy Bamako, Mali The U.S. Embassy is issuing this message to inform U.S. citizens that a demonstration is scheduled to take place in Bamako at Independence Monument on Friday, February 13, starting at 3:30 p.m. Several civil society organizations, non-governmental organizations, and political parties are announcing a peaceful sit-in to draw attention to recent ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Potential for Anti-MINUSMA Demonstrations

There were media reports of protests today in the town of Gao involving United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) troops and protesters, which resulted in civilian fatalities. Based on this reported violence and the potential for anti-MINUSMA demonstrations, the Embassy reminds U.S. citizens that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Planned Demonstration

The U.S. Embassy has learned that a demonstration is scheduled to take place in Bamako on Saturday, January 24, starting at 9am. The organization “Éveil-Mali” (Mali Awakening) is calling for a gathering at the intersection of Koulikoro Road and l’Avenue de l’Armée (close to the third/Chinese bridge). The event reportedly aims to honor the Malian ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) U.S. Travel Restrictions (Update)

The U.S. Embassy in Mali is issuing this message to update U.S. citizens on Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) U.S. travel restrictions.  This message replaces the November 17 and 18 messages on this subject. Effective on January 7, U.S. travel restrictions for travelers from Mali will no longer apply.  Travelers from Mali will no longer be ...
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Terrorist Threat and Holiday Security Reminder

The U.S. Embassy in Bamako has been informed by local security forces of potential terrorist attacks in the coming weeks against unidentified establishments frequented by westerners.  Malian authorities are investigating the threat.  The Embassy reminds U.S. citizens that the potential for terrorist attacks in Bamako continues to exist.  U.S. citizens are encouraged to review their ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Planned Demonstration on December 6

The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens of a planned demonstration in Bamako on the morning of Saturday, December 6, 2014. Participants are expected to gather around 0900 near the Independence Monument. The event has been organized by the National Coordination of Citizen Watch (Coordination Nationale de Veille Citoyenne – CNVC) which is a group that ...
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Travel Alert: Potential Implications for Travel Because of Ebola in Parts of West Africa

The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to screening procedures, travel restrictions, and reduced aviation transportation options in response to the outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Mali.  This Travel Alert will expire on June 2, 2015. Due to an outbreak of EVD in the West African nations of ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: New Armed Carjacking Incident with Fatality

The U.S. Embassy in Bamako is issuing this Security Message to update its November 19 Security Message regarding a recent uptick in armed carjackings in Bamako. While previously no injuries had been reported, in the early hours of November 21 a French citizen was shot and killed in the ACI-2000 neighborhood when he resisted an ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Recent Uptick in Violent Crime in Bamako

U.S. Embassy Bamako, Mali Security Message for U.S. Citizens Recent Uptick in Violent Crime in Bamako  November 19, 2014 The U.S. Embassy in Bamako is issuing this Security Message to make U.S. citizens aware of a recent uptick in armed carjackings in Bamako.  While no injuries have been reported, U.S. citizens should remain vigilant in ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens Update: Ebola Virus Disease in Mali

U.S. Embassy Bamako, Mali Security Message for U.S. Citizens Update:  Ebola Virus Disease in Mali November 18, 2014 This Security Message provides an update on Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) developments in Mali.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a new Travel Notice for Mali advising travelers in Mali to practice enhanced precautions.  The U.S. Embassy in ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens Second Confirmed Death from Ebola Virus Disease in Mali

The Government of Mali (GOM) has confirmed a second death in Mali from the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). Others who had direct contact with the deceased and reportedly tested positive for EVD are being monitored. As a precautionary measure, Malian authorities have temporarily closed the Clinique Pasteur in Bamako, the place of employment for the ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Confirmed Case of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)

U.S. Embassy Bamako, Mali Yesterday the Government of Mali confirmed the first case of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) diagnosed in Mali.  The affected child traveled by ground transportation with a family member from Guinea to Mali, passing through Bamako and then on to Kayes, where she was diagnosed, has been quarantined and is receiving medical ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Elevated Risk of Crime During Holiday

As we approach the Tabaski holiday in Mali, the U.S. Embassy cautions U.S. citizens of the potential for increased crime and banditry. The Embassy reminds its staff and their families to be aware of their surroundings in public, avoid large crowds, and exercise caution when moving about the city, particularly in non-daylight hours. The U.S. ...
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TRAVEL ALERT – Potential Implications for Travel Because of Ebola in Parts of West Africa

The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to screening procedures, travel restrictions, and reduced aviation transportation options in response to the outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone.  This Travel Alert will expire on February 27, 2015. Due to an outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in the West African ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Ongoing Law Enforcement Operations in Bamako

June 25, 2014: Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Ongoing Law Enforcement Operations in Bamako The U.S. Embassy in Mali is issuing this security message to alert U.S. citizens to the fact that Malian Gendarmerie conducted an operation in the ACI-2000 neighborhood in Bamako in the early morning hours of June 25, 2014 to apprehend suspects ...
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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Prison Break in Downtown Bamako; Avoid Area

The U.S. Embassy in Mali is issuing this emergency message to warn U.S. citizens that the Embassy has received reports of a prison break at Bamako Central Prison in downtown Bamako, in the Dravela neighborhood. There are varying reports about the number of escapees, but there has been shooting between Police and the prisoners. Police ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Malian Period of Mourning

The U.S. Department of State is issuing this message to inform U.S. citizens that the Government of Mali has declared a three-day mourning period (midnight Thursday through midnight Sunday) in memory of victims of the recent events in Kidal.  The U.S. Embassy has advised its staff to limit overt public displays of unrelated social activities ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens Violence in North Mali

In light of escalating violence in northern Mali, the U.S. Embassy in Mali is issuing this security message to remind U.S. citizens of the current Travel Warning for Mali that strongly warns against all travel to the northern parts of the country and along the border with Mauritania.  It also warns U.S. citizens to consider carefully the risks of ...
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Security Messages for U.S. Citizens:Ebola Virus Disease (Update): Test Results in Mali are Negative for the Ebola Virus

On April 15, 2014, Malian Health Minister Ousmane Kone confirmed that the ten samples taken from suspected Ebola cases in Mali tested negative for the Ebola virus.  The samples were tested by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in collaboration with the Malian Ministry of Health.  The U.S. Embassy encourages citizens to remain vigilant and ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens

Government Removal of Unlicensed Retailers May Provoke Demonstrations March 6, 2014 The U.S. Embassy in Mali is issuing this security message to inform U.S. citizens of the possibility of demonstrations or protests in connection with the Government of Mali’s removal of unlicensed retailers, and to remind U.S. citizens to remain vigilant. In February 2014, the ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens

New Embassy Travel Policy March 6, 2014 The U.S. Embassy in Mali is issuing this security message to inform U.S. citizens of recent travel policy changes for official Embassy personnel, and to remind U.S. citizens to remain vigilant. On March 3, the U.S. Embassy informed official Embassy personnel that the area of permitted travel in ...
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Security Messages for U.S. Citizens

Significant Dates in January January 13, 2014  The U.S. Embassy in Mali is issuing this security message to alert U.S. citizens that the month of January 2014 contains several significant dates that may be attractive for extremist groups to conduct attacks to gain international attention.  On January 4, 2014, Mokhtar Belmokhtar, the militant leader responsible ...
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