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Security Alert: Mazar-e-Sharif (Afghanistan), Militant Kidnap/Murder Threat against Americans

Security Alert: Mazar-e-Sharif (Afghanistan), Militant Kidnap/Murder Threat against Americans


Location: Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan


Event: As of early June 2019, militants plan to kidnap and murder United States citizens in Mazar-e-Sharif, Balkh Province, Afghanistan.  The militants intend to kidnap the United States citizens from their homes in Mazar-e-Sharif.


Actions to Take:


· Consider departing Afghanistan

· Keep a low profile

· Be aware of your surroundings and carry a charged cell phone

· Vary your travel routes and times

· Review your personal security plans

· Notify a trusted person of your travel and movement plans

· Consider travel via armored vehicle when possible



·        American Citizen Services Unit, U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan

Located at Great Massoud Road between Radio Afghanistan and the Ministry of Public Health in Kabul.  

+93-700-114-000 or +93 -700-108-000 (after hours)



·        State Department – Consular Affairs

888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444

·        Afghanistan Country Information

·        Afghanistan Travel Advisory

·        Enroll in the Safe Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security updates

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