US warns its citizens against travelling Bangladesh

Staff Correspondent | Update:

US State DeptThe US Department of State on Thursday warned the country's citizens of continued threats from terrorist groups in Bangladesh and suggested that they should consider the risks of travel to and throughout the country.

The state department has updating this travel warning to reflect the change in the US embassy in Dhaka’s status to “partially accompanied,” effective 5 January 2017, allowing only employed adult family members of US government personnel to remain in or return to Dhaka.

The Bangladesh travel warning which replaced the warning dated 10 July 2016 has been issued in a message on the website of the US embassy in Dhaka.

The message said the US embassy remains open and will provide all consular services. 

The US embassy message referred to the 1 July 2016 terrorist attack in a restaurant frequented by foreigners in Dhaka’s diplomatic enclave of Gulshan, which killed “more than 20 people including a US citizen.”

“Da’esh (also referred to as IS, ISIL, or ISIS) and Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) have publicly claimed credit for multiple attacks since September 2015,” read the message.

In October 2016, it added, Da’esh threatened to target “expats, tourists, diplomats, garment buyers, missionaries, and sports teams” in the most “secured zones” in Bangladesh.

“The US considers the potential threat to US government personnel in Bangladesh to be serious enough to require them to live, work, and travel under strict security guidelines.  The internal security policies of the US mission in Bangladesh may be changed or adjusted at any time and without advance notice.”

US citizens should take stringent security measures, remain vigilant, and be alert to local security developments. 

The message said the US government officials and their families currently are not permitted to visit public establishments or places in Bangladesh, to travel on foot, motorcycle, bicycle, rickshaw, or other uncovered means on public thoroughfares and sidewalks in Bangladesh and to attend large gatherings in Bangladesh.

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