U.S. State Department Urges Americans to Leave Mali

The United States has urged American citizens to leave Mali, and has ordered all non-emergency personnel, and their families,  to leave Mali due to a heightened risk of terror attacks, street crime, and kidnapping.

In the updated travel advisory, the US State Department urged Americans to be vigilant especially in areas frequented by Westerners.

While the US did not mention a specific threat, there is an increased danger of violence targeting Westerners in the country that has been plagued by extremist jihadist attacks for years.

The U.S. Embassy continues to have limited ability to provide emergency assistance to U.S. citizens in Mali.

“Terrorist and armed groups continue plotting kidnappings and attacks in Mali. They may attack with little or no warning, targeting night clubs, hotels, restaurants, places of worship, international diplomatic missions, and other locations frequented by Westerners. Attacks may target Malian government offices, infrastructure, or locations frequented by Westerners,” it said.

The warning comes a week after an attack on an army base near the capital, Bamako.


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