Security Message for U.S. Citizens
U.S. Mission, Kazakhstan
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U.S. Consulate-General Almaty Kazakhstan
Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Terrorist Incident in Aktobe
June 6, 2016
As part of the State Department’s continuous efforts to provide Americans travelling abroad with information about relevant events, we are alerting U.S. citizens to the potential travel risk to Western Kazakhstan, specifically to the city of Aktobe. Recent violence in Aktobe on June 5, which Kazakhstani officials are considering a terrorist attack, highlight the potential risk of traveling to Western Kazakhstan at this time. Although the Department of State has no further information on potential future attacks in Kazakhstan, the Embassy is temporarily restricting official travel to Aktobe and advises U.S. citizens in Western Kazakhstan, or who are planning to travel there, to take the following measures:
- Exercise vigilance when in public places or using mass transportation
- Be aware of immediate surroundings and avoid crowded places
- Follow the instructions of local authorities, especially in an emergency
- Monitor media and local event information sources and factor updated information into your travel places and activities
- Be prepared for additional security screening and unexpected disruptions
- Stay in touch with your family, have a plan if you are separated and ensure they know how to reach you in the event of an emergency
Kazakhstani authorities continue to take steps to assure public safety and disrupt terrorist plots. We work closely with our Kazakhstani partners and will continue to share information with them that will help identify and counter terrorist threats.
For further information:
- See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information.
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