The US Embassy in Bamako, Mali, has restricted staff travel and issued a warning to travellers following a series of fatal armed robbery on the road between Siby and the capital. If you are in Bamako or the surrounding region, you should factor this in to your travel plans.

From the US Embassy in Bamako, issued on the 11th October 2018

Event: The U.S. Embassy in Bamako advises U.S. citizens of a recent crime trend. Armed robberies or “car-jackings” on Route National 5 between Siby and Bamako have killed four people in nearly a dozen incidents.  According to Malian police, the attackers typically hide in the woods and ambush passing vehicles, particularly in or around the evening hours, using makeshift barricades to slow traffic.

The U.S. Embassy has placed travel restrictions on U.S. Embassy personnel traveling outside of the Bamako Capital District and has prohibited travel outside of the Bamako Capital District after dark.

Actions to Take:

  • Use caution when traveling Route National 5 between Siby and Bamako, and avoid this area during evening hours.
  • Use caution when walking or driving at night, particularly outside of Bamako Capital District.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Keep a low profile.
  • Do not physically resist any robbery attempt.
  • Review your personal security plans.

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