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Security Alert: Kabul (Afghanistan), U.S. Citizens Continue to be Priority Kidnapping Targets Particularly in Western Police Districts of Kabul City

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Event:  Kidnapping Threats against U.S. Citizens

As of March 2019, there is credible evidence that U.S. citizens continue to be priority kidnapping targets for violent extremist organizations and criminal kidnap for ransom gangs. In particular, American citizens in the western police districts of Kabul City may be specifically targeted.  This includes American citizens working for private companies, non-governmental organizations, governmental organizations, schools, hospitals, and other institutions, as well as American tourists.

As a reminder, in accordance with the Travel Advisory for Afghanistan, the Department of State warns U.S. citizens against travel to Afghanistan.  The security situation in Afghanistan is extremely unstable, and the threat to all U.S. citizens in Afghanistan remains critical.  U.S. citizens currently visiting or residing in Afghanistan may wish to consider departing.  The Embassy strongly urges U.S. citizens who decide to remain in Afghanistan to review your personal security plans, take appropriate steps to enhance your personal safety, remain aware of your surroundings, monitor local media for updates, and maintain a high level of vigilance. 

Actions to Take:

·        Consult with security providers at your location.

·        Review your personal security plans

·        Carry a “Go Bag” with food, water, first aid kit, and a fully charged communication device.

·        Notify a trusted person of your travel and movement plans.

·        Be aware of your surroundings and local security developments.

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

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