The US Embassy in Mail issued a security alert on August 18 as unrest unfolded in the capital city of Bamako. Soldiers have reportedly detained the country’s president, as well as the prime minister and other top officials in an apparent coup attempt. The Malian president had since announced his resignation on TV.
Embassy Bamako issued a shelter in place order and suspended consular services on August 18. As of this writing it has not announced a resumption of services:
The U.S. Embassy is aware of gunfire and unrest in the area of Kati, as well as ongoing police/military operations in Bamako. There have been multiple reports of gunfire throughout the city as well as reports of soldiers driving in trucks and firing their weapons in the air. There are continued reports of demonstrators gathered at the Monument de l’Independance. The U.S. recommends all U.S. citizens avoid these areas, if possible. Likewise, the U.S. Embassy is recommending its staff to exercise caution, remain in doors, and avoid non-essential travel.
The U.S. Embassy has taken the following additional steps in response to the ongoing security threats:
- Consular services at the U.S. Embassy were suspended for August 18.
- Personnel are recommended to remain indoors.
- Employees have been advised to avoid any unnecessary travel until further notice and to be cautious when crossing the bridges.