U.S. Embassy Kuwait confirms that what at first appeared to be a routine traffic accident involving three deployed U.S. military personnel on a Kuwaiti highway on Thursday, October 6, was in fact an attempted terrorist attack. An Egyptian national deliberately rammed a construction vehicle into a passenger vehicle containing the three U.S. personnel. The Egyptian driver was incapacitated by the impact. The three U.S. military personnel, who were uninjured, pulled the driver from his vehicle, which had caught fire. The perpetrator was subsequently hospitalized and is in Kuwaiti custody.
We are not aware of specific, credible threats against private U.S. citizens in Kuwait at this time. Nonetheless, this attack serves as a reminder to maintain a high level of vigilance, and the Embassy advises U.S. citizens to review their personal security plans and remain alert to their surroundings at all times. The following are common sense measures to increase personal safety and security:
• Stay informed. Monitor the media for the latest security developments.
• Avoid crowds. Large gatherings can quickly become dangerous.
• Keep a low profile. Be aware of how others dress and behave in public and try to blend in.
• Vary your routes and times of travel. Being less predictable makes you more difficult to target.
• Be aware of your surroundings. Understand what “belongs” and what does not.
• Avoid traveling alone. Avoid isolated areas, especially after dark. Tell friends, colleagues, or neighbors where you’re going and when you intend to return.
• Know where you are going and your destination. Find exits and have a plan to escape. Select “safe havens” along your route, such as government buildings, friends’ residences, shops or restaurants, or gas stations.
• Always carry a charged cell phone. Make sure you have programmed emergency numbers in all your family members’ phones.
• Be prepared to postpone or cancel activities.
• Report concerns you may have to the police and to the U.S. Embassy.
For further information:
• See the State Department's travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Kuwait Country Specific Information.
• Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
• Contact the U.S. Embassy, located at Al-Masjid Al-Aqsa Street, Block 6, Plot 14, Bayan, Kuwait. If you are a U.S. citizen in need of emergency assistance in Kuwait, you may reach the U.S. Embassy by calling +965-2259-1001 and requesting the duty officer.
• Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
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