The U.S. Embassy in Bamako is issuing this Security Message to update U.S. citizens on the continued conflict in northern Mali.
A rebel group has taken control of a military camp near Tessalit, in northeast Mali. This event may trigger a renewal of demonstrations and civil unrest in Bamako and in Kati.
The situation remains unpredictable. Individuals wanting to create further disturbances may target government buildings and police stations. All U.S. citizens should exercise caution, remain vigilant, maintain situational awareness at all times, and take appropriate security precautions to ensure your own safety. Monitor the local media for up-to-date information and consult the Embassy's website for further information and Messages which may suggest additional safety and security measures.
The U.S. Embassy in Bamako continues to recommend that U.S. citizens avoid travel to northern Mali. U.S. citizens may review the most recentTravel Warning for Mali issued by the Department of State on October 4, 2011, warning U.S. citizens of the risk of traveling to Mali and potential threats of kidnapping to westerners in Mali. U.S. citizens are encouraged to maintain a heightened sense of security and to practice good personal security measures.
Our previous Emergency Messages have noted that, on November 25, a German national was killed and a Dutch, a South African, and a Swedish national were kidnapped in Timbuktu. These incidents followed the November 24 kidnapping of two French nationals in Hombori, in eastern Mali.
You can stay in touch and get Embassy updates by checking the website of the U.S. Embassy in Bamako. You can also get global updates at the U.S. Department of State's, Bureau of Consular Affairs website where you can find the current Worldwide Caution, Travel Warning for Mali and other Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information. Follow us on Twitter and the Bureau of Consular Affairs page onFacebook as well, or you can download our free Smart Traveler iPhone App for travel information at your fingertips. If you don't have internet access, current information on safety and security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or, for callers from other countries, a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays)
If you are going to live in or travel to Mali despite our Travel Warning, please take the time to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program(STEP). If you enroll, we can keep you up to date with important safety and security announcements. It will also help your friends and family get in touch with you in an emergency. You should remember to keep all of your information in STEP up to date. It is important during enrollment or updating of information to include your current phone number and current email address where you can be reached in case of an emergency.
The U.S. Embassy in Bamako is located at ACI 2000, Rue 243 Porte 297. The Consular Section can be contacted at +223 20 70 25 05, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. For after-hours emergencies, please contact the Embassy Duty Officer via the Marine Guard at (+223) 20 70 23 01 or 20 70 23 02.