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 State ordered the departure of eligible family members 21 and younger and authorized the departure of their accompanying adult parents from the U.S. Embassy in Bamako.  U.S. government personnel in Mali have restrictions on travel outside of the Bamako region.

Review your personal security plans, remain aware of your surroundings, including local events, and monitor local news stations for updates.  Be vigilant and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security, and exercise caution throughout the country, especially at night.

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