Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Grenade Attack in Bwiza on July 16, 2017

United States Embassy Bujumbura, Burundi

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Grenade Attack in Bwiza

July 16, 2017

 

Burundian police have confirmed a grenade attack took place this evening in the Centre-ville Bujumbura neighborhood of Bwiza. The incident has concluded and police have the situation under control, although injuries were reported. The U.S. Embassy recommends avoiding the area for the evening.

Review your personal security plans, remain aware of your surroundings — including local events — and monitor local news stations for updates. Be vigilant and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security.

For further information:
· See the State Department’s travel website<http://travel.state.gov/> for the Worldwide Caution<http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/alertswarnings/worldwide-caution.html>, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information for Burundi<http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/country/burundi.html>.
· Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)<https://step.state.gov/step/> to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
· Contact the U.S. Embassy in Bujumbura<http://burundi.usembassy.gov/>, located at Avenue des Etats-Unis and Avenue du Cinquantenaire in Bujumbura, Burundi, by email at BujumburaC@state.gov<mailto:BujumburaC@state.gov>, or at +257-22-20-7000<tel:%2B257-22-20-7000> from 7:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Friday. After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +257-22-20-7318<tel:%2B257-22-20-7318>, or +257-79-938-841<tel:%2B257-79-938-841>.
· Call 1-888-407-4747<tel:1-888-407-4747> toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444<tel:1-202-501-4444> from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
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