Warden Message: Heightened Security Reminder
September 2, 2010
This Warden Message is to remind all U.S. citizens living in Ethiopia of heightened security concerns in the region following the July 11 bombings in Kampala. The latest Department of State Worldwide Travel Caution, issued August 12, 2010, updates information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against U.S. citizens and interests throughout the world. In this caution, the bombings are referenced as follows:
“A number of al-Qaida operatives and other extremists are believed to be operating in and around Africa. Since the July 11, 2010, terrorist bombings in Kampala, Uganda, for which the Somalia-based, U.S.-designated Foreign Terrorist Organization al-Shabaab has claimed responsibility, there have been increased threats against public areas across East Africa.”
Recent information obtained from the investigation into the July 11 Kampala bombings indicates that U.S. citizens and westerners in general were intended targets of the bombings. U.S. citizens should be alert to the possibility of additional terrorist attacks in the region. The U.S. Embassy continues to encourage U.S. citizens to strongly consider the risk of attending or being near large public gatherings, especially those with large numbers of westerners and no visible security presence, as these gatherings can provide vulnerable targets for extremist or terrorist groups.
U.S. citizens are strongly urged to review the Department of State’s Country Specific Information for Ethiopia and the Department’s website at: http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1113.html. The Embassy’s recent Warden Messages for Ethiopia messages are available at: http://ethiopia.usembassy.gov/service.html.
For the latest security information, U.S. citizens living and traveling abroad should regularly monitor the Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs internet website at http://travel.state.gov/, where the current Worldwide Caution, Travel Alerts, and Travel Warnings can be found. Up-to-date information on security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the U.S. and Canada, or for callers outside the U.S. and Canada, a regular toll-line at 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 8 AM to 8 PM Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. Federal Holidays.)
The U.S. Embassy is located at Entoto Road, P.O. Box 1014, in Addis Ababa. U.S. citizens with questions or concerns may telephone the Consular Section at 251-11-517-4000. Our email address is firstname.lastname@example.org and our website is http://ethiopia.usembassy.gov/