East Africa Public Announcement
Issued by US Department of State
Mar 15, 2003
This Public Announcement is being issued to remind Americans of the
continuing potential for terrorist actions, including kidnapping, against
U.S. citizens in East Africa. This Public Announcement supersedes the
Public Announcement of January 4, 2003, and expires on July 10, 2003.
On November 28, 2002, a car bomb attack on a hotel near Mombasa, Kenya
killed 15 people; an unsuccessful attempt to shoot down an Israeli charter
plane departing Mombasa took place on the same day. 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
Supporters of Al-Qaida and other extremists are still active in east Africa.
The Department of State continues to receive threat information pertaining
to this region and believes it is prudent to alert American citizens that
such information is being received, so American citizens can make an
informed decision whether to travel to or remain in East Africa.
The Department of State reminds Americans to remain vigilant with regard to
their personal security and to exercise caution. U.S. citizens and
interests abroad remain at risk of terrorist attacks by groups including but
not limited to those with links to Al-Qaida. 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, 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 kidnappings.
U.S. Government facilities worldwide remain at a heightened state of alert.
They may temporarily close or suspend public services to review security and
ensure its adequacy. On occasion, the travel of official personnel at
embassies and consulates around the world is restricted, and these posts may
recommend that private American citizens avoid the same areas if at all
possible. 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
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