Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens
October 15, 2016
A U.S. citizen resident in Tahoua region, Niger, was kidnapped by an unknown group of assailants on October 14, 2016. The U. S. Embassy Niamey reminds U.S. citizens that the threat of kidnapping and hostage taking continues to be very high. There are no further details regarding the targets, timing, or method of any planned kidnappings. The U.S. Embassy continues to take this threat seriously and advises U.S. citizens to take appropriate security precautions and to avoid predictable travel patterns within Niger.
The U.S. Embassy reminds U.S. citizens in Niamey and other parts of Niger to review your personal security plans, take appropriate steps to enhance your personal safety, remain aware of your surroundings, monitor local news for updates, and maintain a high level of vigilance.
For further information:
- See the State Department’s travel websitefor the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information for Niger.
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program(STEP)to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
- Contact the S. Embassy in Niamey, Rue des Ambassades, Niamey, Niger, at +227-20-72-26-6, Monday through Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and on Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +227-99-49-90-66.
- Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
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