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Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Niamey, Niger (August 10, 2020)
August 10, 2020

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Niamey, Niger (August 10, 2020)

Location: Niger

Event: On August 9, 2020, unknown gunmen killed six French humanitarian workers, their Nigerien driver, and Nigerien guide at the Kouré National Park Giraffe Reserve in Niger.  As a precaution, all U.S. Embassy personnel traveling on official business outside of the city limits (péage) of Niamey are required to travel only during daylight hours and in a minimum of two-vehicle convoy accompanied by armed Nigerien government security escorts.  Non-official and recreational travel outside of Niamey by Embassy personnel are temporarily suspended until further notice.  Non-essential travel is also suspended to destinations such as the Kouré Reserve, the Niamey Dunes, and boat tours to see hippos outside the city limits.  U.S. citizens in Niger are encouraged to follow the same guidance.

Actions to Take:

  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Keep a low profile.
  • Stay alert in locations frequented by tourists/Westerners.
  • Review your personal security plans.
  • Have travel documents up to date and easily accessible.
  • Carry proper identification, including a U.S. passport with a current Niger visa.
  • Have evacuation plans that do not rely on U.S. government assistance.