AFRICA

US lists 35 countries where its citizens are at risk of kidnapping

THE United States government has issued a travel warning to its citizens, releasing a list of 35 countries, including Russia and over 15 African countries, where its citizens are at risk of kidnapping.

This followed a recent kidnapping incident in Uganda of an American tourist, who was eventually released.

The US Department of State has cautioned its citizens to “reconsider travel to Nigeria because violent crime, such as armed robbery, assault, carjacking, terrorism, civil unrest, kidnapping, rape and piracy, is common throughout the country.”

In a travel advisory published on its website, which contains information on the safety and security of US travellers, Nigeria was listed among 35 countries with a ‘K’ indicator, that indicates where its citizens could be at risk of getting kidnapped or taken hostage.

“The new ‘K’ indicator is part of our ongoing commitment to provide clear and comprehensive travel safety information to U.S. citizens so they can make informed travel decisions.

“The Travel Advisories for 35 countries have been updated to include a “K” indicator for the risk of kidnapping and/or hostage taking: Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Colombia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Haiti, Iran, Iraq, Kenya, Lebanon, Libya, Malaysia, Mali, Mexico, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Russian Federation, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine (in Russian-controlled eastern Ukraine), Venezuela, and Yemen,” the department said.

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