On Sunday the US Embassy in Kinshasa issued an alert that the embassy would be closed to the public on Monday due to a ‘credible terror threat’. This advice has been extended to cover Tuesday (today) and now Wednesday.

American citizens are advised to maintain a low profile and to stay aware of their surroundings. People of nationalities that could be mistaken for American should follow this advice as well. 

It is not clear what the source of the terror threat is, but the US has been accused of meddling in the upcoming elections. The security situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo remains precarious, with militant groups battling in remote regions and exacerbating efforts to contain the current Ebola outbreak.

From the US Embassy in Kinshasa, issued on the 27th November 2018

Location: Kinshasa

Event: The United States Embassy in Kinshasa has credible and specific information of a possible terrorist threat against U.S. Government facilities in Kinshasa.  The U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa will remain closed to the public on Wednesday November 28th.  U.S. citizens in need of emergency services can call 081-556-0151.  For future updates please sign up for U.S. Embassy Kinshasa notifications at https://step.state.gov.

Actions to Take:

  • U.S. citizens in Kinshasa and throughout the DRC are strongly encouraged to maintain a heightened level of vigilance and practice good situational awareness.
  • Monitor local media for updates.
  • Keep a low profile and notify friends and family of your safety.
  • Review the country page and remain alert for potentially dangerous situations.

Please click through here for more details, including contact information.

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