U.S. Government Warns Against Travel to Niger

The U.S. Department of State is warning citizens to take extreme caution when traveling to Niger due to the increased kidnapping threats against Westerners.

A branch of Al-Qaida is attempting to kidnap Westerners, including Americans, and has successfully kidnapped Europeans in Niger, according to a Department of State release. Just last week, two French nationals were kidnapped in the capital city of Niamey and found dead less than one day later. A group of seven Europeans has been held hostage since September by the terrorist organization, and several other kidnapping attempts have been reported.

The U.S. Embassy in Niger has heightened security and has temporarily suspended travel outside of the capital city by U.S. government officials until further notice. U.S. personnel are also complying with a curfew.

Visit http://travel.state.gov.

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