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East Africa Public Announcement

Issued by US Department of State

Dec 30, 2004

This Public Announcement is being reissued to remind Americans of the continuing potential for terrorist actions against U.S. citizens in East Africa. This supersedes the Public Announcement of June 29, 2004, and expires on June 28, 2005.

The Department of State believes there remains the threat of future terrorist attacks in East Africa. Travelers to East African destinations should carefully review their plans accordingly.

The potential for future threats against civil aviation continues throughout the East Africa region. Seaports may also be targeted.

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, western-oriented shopping centers, 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 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 and register their trip at the Consular Affairs Internet web site at . American citizens may obtain up-to-date information on security conditions by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States, or 317-472-2328 from overseas.

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