September 20, 2012: Potential Demonstrations and Terrorist Attacks
SECURITY MESSAGE FOR U.S. CITIZENSU.S. Embassy Bamako,
U.S. Embassy Bamako, Mali
September 20, 2012
Potential Demonstrations and Terrorist Attacks
This message is to inform U.S. citizens of the risk of demonstrations and civil unrest this Friday and over the weekend in Bamako. AQIM is active in northern Mali and continues to issue general threats against Western targets in West Africa. Furthermore, recent publications of provocative cartoons in France could prompt demonstrations in Bamako. We remind U.S. citizens that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and possibly escalate into violence. U.S. citizens are therefore urged to avoid the areas of demonstrations and to exercise caution if within the vicinity of any demonstrations.
Given the long-standing expressions by AQIM-linked and international terrorists against Western interests, the Embassy reminds U.S. citizens in Bamako to maintain good personal security practices, including always locking their homes and cars, varying routes and times of travel, and maintaining a low profile by not drawing attention to themselves. When going out, they should avoid being part of large, highly visible groups of Westerners, and refrain from sitting in areas that are easily visible from the street when in restaurants or cafes. U.S. citizens should be particularly alert when frequenting locales associated with Westerners, including hotels, cultural centers, social and recreation clubs, and restaurants. U.S. citizens should avoid highly publicized events/venues with no visible security presence.
You can obtain Embassy updates by checking the website of the U.S. Embassy in Bamako.
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security within Mali and makes it easier for the Embassy to contact citizens in case of
The U.S. Embassy in Bamako is located at ACI 2000, Rue 243 Porte 297. The Consular Section can be contacted at +223 2070 2505, or via email at email@example.com. For after-hours emergencies, please contact the Embassy Duty Officer via the Marine Guard at +223 2070 2301 or 2070 2302.