Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Niamey, Niger (April 23, 2020)
Location: Niamey, Niger
Event: The purpose of this notice is to remind everyone to increase personal awareness during Ramadan.
As with other religious events, terror groups sometimes attach symbolism to this special time and choose holidays to conduct attacks. Whenever possible, the Embassy recommends avoiding exposure to places where westerners frequently congregate such as certain restaurants and grocery stores. Be particularly vigilant around places of worship, locations where large crowds may gather, and government facilities.
Everyone should be aware that additional traffic accidents usually take place at sunset, around 1915 in the evening, as commuters rush home to break the fast.
The Embassy reminds U.S. citizens to exercise caution as demonstrations can occur suddenly anywhere throughout the city. If you see a crowd forming, do not attempt to drive through it. Leave the area and use an alternate route.
U.S. citizens in Niger should:
- Abide by the curfew and stay indoors between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m., if in Niamey.
- Avoid any areas with demonstrations.
- Review your personal security plans.
- Be aware of your surroundings.
- Monitor local media for updates.
U.S. Embassy Niamey, Niger
+227 20 72 26 61
+227 99 49 90 66 (after hours)
State Department – Consular Affairs, 888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444
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