Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Bamako, Mali (June 7, 2019)

Location:  Bamako

Event: The European Union Training Mission (EUTM) detected a suspected vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) during routine screening at their headquarters in ACI 2000.

Transnational terrorist organizations and individuals inspired by extremist ideology pose a threat throughout Africa.

Extremists continue to focus on public locations such as shopping centers, airports, hotels, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, transportation hubs, street markets, and other public venues frequented by foreigners.

The period after Ramadan historically marks an increase in attacks and recent reports indicate Bamako remains a target.

U.S. citizens should remain vigilant in the practice of personal protective security measures.

Actions to Take:

  • Avoid parking in unsecure areas or at venues that do not have secure on-site parking.
  • Continue to exercise vigilance while in Mali.
  • Review your personal security plans.
  • Use caution when driving at night and avoid walking after dark.
  • Monitor local media for updates.
  • Exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings or protests.
  • Keep a low profile.
  • If possible, reduce your footprint at hotels, restaurants, and bars frequented by expats.
  • Exercise caution in large gatherings and avoid demonstrations.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and always have some form of communication with you.


U.S. Embassy Bamako, Mali

+223 20 70 23 00

+223 66 75 28 60 (after-hours emergencies)

State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs

888-407-4747 202-501-4444

Mali Country Information.

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