United States citizens who are currently out of the country are being warned of increased danger in a region in Africa. According to a new statement released on Monday, the United States is warning citizens who are currently in Niger.
“Terrorist organizations, armed groups, and smugglers operate in the areas bordering Mali, Libya, and throughout northern Niger,” the travel warning said. “Mali-based extremist groups have crossed the border and carried out multiple lethal attacks on Nigerien security forces (FDS) and on U.S. forces assisting the FDS.”
The region has been a hotbed for terrorism for quite some time. Recently, a rise in terror activity has created an elevated concern for citizens in the region.
“There is a high threat of kidnapping by various terrorist groups, who have kidnapped Westerners, including a U.S. citizen, and threatened U.S. citizens in Niger,” the State Department added. “As a result of safety and security concerns, some organizations, including foreign companies, NGOs, and private aid organizations have suspended operations in Niger or withdrawn family members and/or staff.”
Citizens are also being warned on the same day that the State Department committed millions to aid groups in the region. Rex Tillerson also gave a major statement about the ongoing developments in Niger.
“Defeating terrorism depends on making sure terrorist organizations cannot have safe havens on any continent,” Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in a statement Monday. “This money will bolster our regional partners in their fight to ensure security and stability in the face of ISIS and affiliated groups and other terrorist networks. This is a fight we must win, and these funds will play a key role in achieving that mission,” he added.
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