Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Niger (December 3, 2020)
Event: U.S. Embassy Niamey reminds U.S. citizens that the threat of kidnapping in Niger remains a significant concern. Recently, extremist groups have made threats to kidnap or attack members of the international community in Niamey, or its surrounding area, and to ambush convoys of Westerners outside of Niamey. In late October, apparent criminal elements with potential ties to extremist groups abducted a foreign national in Tahoua Region in southwestern Niger. There is no further information as to timing, targets, or methods, as of this time.
The U.S. Embassy reminds U.S. citizens in Niger to review personal security plans, maintain awareness of one’s surroundings, and always have a form of communication on you, such as a radio and/or cell phone.
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.
- 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
- Niger Country Information
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