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US embassy warns of ‘credible’ terror threat in Senegal

The Honorable Tulinabo S. Mushingi, Ambassador of the United States of America to the Republic of Senegal and the Republic of Guinea-Bissau, presented his credential letters to His Excellency President Macky Sall on August 4, 2017. Ambassador Mushingi arrived in Dakar on July 30.

DAKAR, SENEGAL–The American embassy in Senegal cautioned its citizens to be alert in Senegal and those wanted to travel to the West African nation to be extra careful or reconsider their travel plans.

The warning came because of what officials considered as a “credible threat” of a terror attack in the capital Dakar.  The US mission in the country is advising US citizens to take special care when visiting and touring places and areas popular with Westerners.

In a release, the embassy also instructed its own staff members to stay away from seaside hotels and other resorts areas in Dakar.

US Embassy, Dakar, Senegal

According to a message issued on Wednesday to all US citizens in the country, the embassy authorities warned them “to be vigilant when visiting establishments and staying at hotels frequented by Westerners due to a credible threat related to potential terrorist activity in Dakar.”

The release also advises US nationals to “review your personal security plans, remain aware of your surroundings,” while prohibiting embassy personnel from staying at the seaside hotels until the first week of December.

In a related development, the Canadian government on Thursday delivered a similar warning to its nationals in Senegal.

These warnings come as a surprise because unlike many of its neighbors, Senegal is not well-known to have experienced terror attacks.

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Dave Okonjie

Dave Okonjie is a public affairs analyst, researcher and senior issues correspondent.

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