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Warden Messages 2011

Kidnapping in Niamey, Niger

On January 7, 2011, two French nationals were kidnapped in Niamey, Niger by persons unknown. While there is no specific known threat to U.S. interests in Mali, heightened security awareness continues to be recommended. U.S. Citizens may review warden messages released in 2010 detailing potential threats of kidnapping to westerners in Mali by visiting the emergency messages archive of the U.S Embassy website.
You can stay in touch and get Embassy updates by checking the U.S. Embassy Bamako web site ( You can also get global updates at the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs website where you can find the current Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information ( If you don't have internet access, we have a call center for updates--1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the U.S. and Canada, or outside the U.S. and Canada on a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except federal holidays).
If you are going to live in or travel to Mali, please take the time to tell us about your trip by enrolling in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP - If you enroll, we can keep you up to date with important safety and security announcements. It will also help your friends and family get in touch with you in an emergency. You should remember to keep all of your information in STEP up to date. It is important during enrollment or updating of information to include your current phone number and current email address where you can be reached in case of an emergency.
The U.S. Embassy in Bamako ( is located at ACI 2000, Rue 243 Porte 297. The Consular Section can be contacted at +223 20 70 25 05, or via email at For after-hours emergencies, please contact the Embassy Duty Officer via the Marine Guard at (+223) 20 70 23 01 or 20 70 23 02.
The Consular Section
US Embassy Bamako