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Security Alert: Kabul (Afghanistan), Kidnapping for Ransom

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Location: Kabul, Afghanistan

Event: The U.S. Embassy in Kabul advises U.S. citizens that insurgent groups and criminal organizations continue to target foreigners for kidnapping and hostage taking, including doctors and other medical professionals, teachers, aid workers, journalists, and visitors. 

Actions to Take:

·        Avoid areas where Westerners are known to congregate

·        Keep a low profile

·        Be aware of your surroundings

·        Vary your travel routes and times

·        Minimize non-essential travel

·        Review your personal security plans

Assistance:

·        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)

KabulACS@state.gov

https://af.usembassy.gov/

·        State Department – Consular Affairs

888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444

·        Afghanistan Country Information

·        Afghanistan Travel Advisory

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