Security Alert Great Ethiopian Run
The U.S. Embassy in Ethiopia is issuing this warden message to inform American citizens that in light of the Government of Ethiopia's warning of an unspecified terrorist threat concern in Ethiopia, as detailed in a Warden Message dated November 6, the Embassy has ordered all Embassy American staff and their family members not to take part in the Great Ethiopian Run, scheduled for November 23 in Addis Ababa. Private American citizens are likewise advised to avoid the event. This precautionary measure is in keeping with the Embassy's advice that Americans avoid public gatherings and public places.
The Embassy takes this opportunity to reiterate its advice to American citizens to avoid public gatherings and public places, including hotels, and that they avoid using public transportation and transportation hubs. The Embassy further reminds Americans there have been targeted bombings in various parts of Addis Ababa over the past year that resulted in serious injuries and/or deaths.
Americans are reminded to review their personal safety and security posture and to remain vigilant especially at public events and venues. Americans are advised to beware of unattended baggage or packages left in any location, including in minibuses and taxis.
For the latest security information, Americans living and traveling abroad should regularly monitor the Department's Bureau of Consular Affairs internet website at http://travel.state.gov/ , 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 outside the U.S. and Canada , a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 8 AM to 8 PM Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. Federal Holidays.)
The U.S. Embassy is located at Entoto Avenue , P.O. Box 1014 , in Addis Ababa ; telephone: 251-11-124-2424; emergency after-hours telephone: 251-11-124-2400; consular fax: 251-11-124-2435; web site: http://ethiopia.usembassy.gov/ .
Source: US Embassy in Ethiopia