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15.02.19  /  Extreme  /  Iran – Suicide Bomber Attacks Bus

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15.02.19 Iran Suicide Bomber Attacks Bus

On 13 February 2019, a suicide bomber attacked a bus carrying members of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in southeastern Iran, near the town of Zahedan on the border with Pakistan. Reports indicate the bombing killed at least 27 people and injured 20 others. The Balochi militant group Jaysh al-Adl -- which Iranian officials accuse of having links to al-Qaeda -- claimed responsibility for the attack.

15.02.19  /  High  /  Pakistan – Travel Advisory

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15.02.19 Pakistan Travel Advisory

On 13 February 2019, the U.S. Department of State issued an updated Travel Advisory for Pakistan, which reads in part as follows: "Reconsider travel to Pakistan due to terrorism. Some areas have increased risk. Please read the entire Travel Advisory. "Do not travel to:
  • Balochistan province and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) province, including the former Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), due to terrorism.
  • The Azad Kashmir area due to terrorism and the potential for armed conflict.
"Terrorist groups continue plotting possible attacks in Pakistan. Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting transportation hubs, markets, shopping malls, military installations, airports, universities, tourist locations, schools, hospitals, places of worship, and government facilities. Terrorists have targeted U.S. diplomats and diplomatic facilities in the past, and information suggests they continue to do so. "Terrorist attacks continue to happen across Pakistan, with most occurring in Balochistan and KPK, including the former FATA. Large-scale terrorist attacks have resulted in hundreds of casualties over the last several years. "The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in Pakistan due to the security environment. Travel by U.S. government personnel within Pakistan is restricted, and additional restrictions on movements by U.S. government personnel outside of U.S. diplomatic facilities may occur at any time, depending on local circumstances and security conditions, which can change suddenly. "The U.S. Consulate General in Peshawar is unable to provide any consular services to U.S. citizens. "Due to risks to civil aviation operating within or near Pakistan, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM)." The full text of the Travel Advisory can be read here.

14.02.19  /  Medium  /  Haiti – Travel Advice

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14.02.19 Haiti Travel Advice

On 12 February 2019, the U.S. Department of State issued an updated Travel Advisory for Haiti. While the overall level of advice remains at a “Level 3: Reconsider Travel,” the updated advisory includes new language with regard to the departure of certain individuals linked to the U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince. The advisory reads in part as follows: “There are currently unpredictable and sporadic demonstrations in Port-au-Prince and elsewhere in Haiti. Due to these demonstrations, on February 12, 2019, the Department of State ordered the departure of family members under the age of 18 of U.S. personnel posted to the U.S. Embassy in Haiti, and approved the authorized departure of adult family members and non-emergency U.S. personnel. “Protests, tire burning, and road blockages are frequent and unpredictable. Violent crime, such as armed robbery, is common. Local police may lack the resources to respond effectively to serious criminal incidents, and emergency response, including ambulance service, is limited or non-existent. “Travelers are sometimes targeted, followed, and violently attacked and robbed shortly after leaving the Port-au-Prince international airport. The U.S. Embassy requires its personnel to use official transportation to and from the airport, and it takes steps to detect surveillance and deter criminal attacks during these transports. “The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in some areas of Haiti. The Embassy discourages its personnel from walking in most neighborhoods.” The full text of the Travel Advisory is available here.

14.02.19  /  Extreme  /  Venezuela – Urgent Travel Advice

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14.02.19 Venezuela Urgent Travel Advice

On 12 February 2019, the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) issued updated travel advice for Venezuela, which reads in part as follows: “We now recommend you do not travel to Venezuela overall due to the unstable political and economic situation, food, water, medicine and petrol shortages and high levels of violent crime. Large demonstrations are likely in all major cities due to social and political tensions. This could lead to road closures and travel disruption. Avoid demonstrations and large gatherings as they may become violent. Monitor local media and follow the advice of authorities.”

13.02.19  /  High  /  Senegal – Travel Advice

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13.02.19 Senegal Travel Advice

On 12 February 2019, the U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) issued updated travel advice for Senegal, which reads in part as follows: "Preparations for the 24 February 2019 Presidential election have now begun in Dakar and across Senegal. There have been a few incidents of election-related violence across the country since the opening of the campaign period on 3 February. There are likely to be political rallies and demonstrations in Dakar and other cities in the run up to elections, with a risk of potential unrest. Avoid any protests, demonstrations and areas where large public gatherings are likely, and follow the direction of local authorities."

12.02.19  /  High  /  Bangladesh – Security Alert

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12.02.19 Bangladesh Security Alert

On 11 February 2019, the U.S. Embassy in Dhaka issued a Security Alert for Bishwa Ijtema, which reads in part as follows: “Location: Tongi, Gazipur, Bangladesh, and surrounding areas “Event: Bishwa Ijtema, the world’s second-largest Muslim gathering, will be held in Bangladesh February 15 – 18, 2019. Bishwa Ijtema will be held on the banks of the Turag River in Tongi. The main gathering point is approximately 3km north of Dhaka’s Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport. Approximately four to five million attendees are expected to participate. “This event will have a major impact on vehicular and pedestrian traffic patterns throughout Dhaka. The Dhaka Metropolitan Police, in an effort to ease traffic congestion, are expected to limit vehicular access on several of Dhaka’s major thoroughfares February 15 – 18 between 0500 – 1800hrs. “We encourage you to review your scheduled travel during the above listed timeframes and consider factoring in additional transit time. Airport travelers should have their airline tickets in possession and be prepared to present their airline tickets at police checkpoints. “Embassy Operations: Embassy operations are normal.”
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