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Warden Message 2010

Warden Message – Uganda Bombings

U.S. Embassy Dar es Salaam, Tanzania - July 21, 2010
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U.S. Embassy Dar es Salaam

The bombing attacks of two public gatherings in Kampala on July 11, 2010 marked the first time that Al-Shabaab demonstrated its capability for attacking outside Somalia. In the Uganda attacks, suicide bombers attacked crowded public places and caused mass casualties. While it does not appear that these attacks targeted U.S. citizens, some were among the victims.

At this time, U.S. Embassy Dar es Salaam has not received any information about Al-Shabaab threats to U.S. interests within Tanzania. The Embassy will continue to monitor the situation and take appropriate action as required.

U.S Embassy Dar es Salaam urges U.S. Citizens to take the following routine precautions to maintain their personal security:

  • Vary routes and times for routine activities;
  • Keep a low profile;
  • Maintain a high level of awareness for persons conducting surveillance or other suspicious activity;
  • Consider whether your activities place you in vulnerable situations;
  • Avoid public gatherings and crowds.

For the latest security information, U.S. citizens living and traveling abroad should regularly monitor the Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs website where the current Worldwide Caution, Travel Alerts, and Travel Warnings can be found. Up-to-date information on security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll free in the U.S and Canada or, for callers in other areas, by calling a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

U.S. citizens traveling specifically to Tanzania should also regularly monitor the U.S. Embassy Dar es Salaam's website. The U.S. Embassy Dar es Salaam encourages U.S. citizens to review the Department of State’s "A Safe Trip Abroad", which includes valuable security information for those both living and traveling abroad.

U.S. citizens who travel to or reside in Tanzania are strongly advised to register through the State Department's travel registration website. U.S. citizens without internet access may register directly with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. By registering, U.S. citizens make it easier for the Embassy or Consulate to contact them in case of emergency.

In the event of an emergency, contact local authorities and the Consular Section of U.S. Embassy Dar es Salaam at 255-22-266-8001.

U.S. Embassy Dar es Salaam
686 Old Bagamoyo Road, Msasani
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Telephone: 255-22-266-8001
Fax: 255-22-266-8247

You may also contact U.S. Embassy Dar es Salaam via email at drsacs@state.gov. For after-hours U.S. citizen emergencies, call 255-22-266-8001.