East Africa Public Announcement
Issued by US Department of State
May 15, 2003
This Public Announcement is being issued to remind Americans of the
continuing high potential for terrorist actions against U.S. citizens in
east Africa. This supersedes the Public Announcement of March 13 and
expires on September 12, 2003.
The Department of State believes there is a credible threat of terrorist
attacks in east Africa. Travelers to east African destinations should
carefully review their plans accordingly.
The threat to aircraft by terrorists using shoulder-fired missiles continues
in Kenya, including Nairobi. Seaports may also be targeted. Other east
African countries face similar threats.
Supporters of Al-Qaida and other extremists are active in east Africa.
Americans in the region must remain vigilant with regard to their personal
security and exercise caution. Terrorist actions may include suicide
operations, bombings, or kidnappings. Terrorists do not distinguish between
official and civilian targets. Increased security at official U.S.
facilities has led terrorists to seek softer targets such as residential
areas, clubs, restaurants, American commercial interests, places of worship,
hotels, schools, outdoor recreation events, resorts, beaches, and planes.
Americans in remote areas or border regions where military or police
authority is limited or non-existent could also be targets of attacks or
U.S. Government facilities worldwide remain at a heightened state of alert.
They may temporarily close or suspend public services for security reviews.
On occasion, the travel of official State Department personnel is
restricted, and these posts may recommend that private American citizens
avoid the same areas. Services to American citizens could be affected if
employees' movements are restricted. In those instances, U.S. embassies and
consulates will make every effort to provide emergency services to American
citizens. American citizens in need of emergency assistance should
telephone the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate before visiting there.
U.S. citizens planning to travel to east Africa should consult the
Department's travel information at the Consular Affairs Internet web site at
http://travel.state.gov. American citizens may obtain up-to-date
information on security conditions by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in
the United States, and 317-472-2328 from overseas.