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 continue to threaten small arms attacks against soft targets that are inherently difficult to protect, similar to the deadly attack at the Radisson Blu hotel in Bamako on November 20. Americans are reminded to keep a low profile and maintain good situational awareness. The U.S. Embassy encourages citizens to have strong communications plans in place and, should the need arise, be prepared to quickly and safely leave the immediate area of an attack.

As stated in the latest worldwide travel alert, U.S. citizens should exercise vigilance when in public places and using transportation, and avoid large crowds and crowded places. The U.S. Embassy in Bamako advises U.S. citizens to review their personal crisis response plans, remain vigilant, and exercise caution in areas frequented by westerners. The U.S. Embassy also urges all U.S. citizens to exercise particular caution at holiday festivals or events.

We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Mali enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at www.Travel.State.Gov. STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy to contact you in an emergency. If you don’t have internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.

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