Over the past few months, the U.S. Mission in Kazakhstan has been notified of at least two security incidents where foreigners have been drugged in Almaty. Both instances occurred at or near bars, with the criminals robbing the victims. In one instance the victim died, however, the exact cause of death is still undetermined.
In a separate incident, the victim was given a cigarette by another passenger in an unofficial street taxi. The victim believes the cigarette was laced with a drug that left him incapacitated. The last thing the victim remembers was taking one puff. When he gained his senses, he found himself on the side of the road, relieved of his cash and cell phone.
To protect yourself, U.S. Mission in Kazakhstan reminds U.S. Citizens of the following security precautions:
- Do not accept cigarettes from strangers;
- Never leave your drinks unattended;
- Travel in groups, especially when returning home late at night;
- Avoid becoming an attractive target (limited jewelry, don’t show your expensive mobile phone, etc. );
- The U.S. Mission in Kazakhstan strongly recommends avoiding unofficial street taxis.
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