On January 17, 2013, the US Embassy in Bamako, Mali issued the following emergency message to U.S. citizens in country:
The U.S. Embassy in Bamako is issuing this message to inform U.S. citizens of an Embassy imposed curfew for official Embassy personnel.
As of January 17, the U.S. Embassy in Bamako is implementing a curfew on U.S. Embassy official personnel. The curfew is in place because of increased police checkpoints and heightened tensions in Bamako. While this Embassy curfew does not extend to private U.S. citizens, the U.S. Embassy encourages U.S. citizens in Bamako to avoid travelling late at night and to be prudent in choosing where to go.
The U.S. Embassy reminds all U.S. citizens of the risk of terrorist activity in Mali, including in Bamako, and advises U.S. citizens to be cautious during this period of increased tension. Malian security forces have increased their security safeguards, including checkpoints and other controls on movement in Bamako and around the country. Criminal elements could use the increased security checkpoints to pose as legitimate police officers, so please use caution. We urge all U.S. citizens in Mali to remain vigilant and prudent when choosing to move about the city. Also, we suggest you avoid crowds, demonstrations, or any other form of public gathering, and exercise prudence if choosing to visit locations frequented by Westerners in and around Bamako.
The escalating conflict is reflected on the emergency messages coming out of US Embassy Bamako. Note that the recently issued Mali Travel Warning dated January 10, 2013 has now been replaced with a new one dated January 16, 2012
In the meantime, the US Embassies in Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso), Banjul (The Gambia) and Niamey (Niger) have all issued emergency messages warning U.S. citizens “to remain vigilant in light of recent events in neighboring Mali and the potential for retaliatory actions towards Westerners in general within the region.”
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- Islamists closing in on Mali’s capital (timesleader.com)
- French lead all-night bombing campaign in Diabaly, Mali (washingtontimes.com)