US warns citizens against going to Niger

From EMEKA OKONKWO 
ABUJA, (CAJ News) – THE United States has warned its citizens against travelling to Niger, where the threat of terror groups is rife.
The government of Donald Trump said terrorist activity, kidnappings and “high crime” were prevalent especially Niger’s border regions, particularly with Mali, Libya, Diffa region and Lake Chad Basin.
Lands of the Islamic Maghreb, Islamic State of Iraq and ash-Sham–Islamic State West Africa, ISIS-Greater Sahara, ISIS-Libya and Boko Haram are among the terror groups.
Armed groups and smugglers were also mentioned.
“Due to security concerns and travel restrictions, the US Embassy’s ability to assist US citizens in remote and rural areas is very limited,” The US Department of State warned.
There is a high threat of kidnapping by various terrorist groups, who have kidnapped Westerners, including a US citizen.
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organizations, including foreign companies, NGOs, and private aid organizations have suspended operations in Niger or withdrawn family members and/or staff.
US Embassy personnel are required to travel only during daylight hours in a minimum two-vehicle convoy and armed Nigerien government security escorts.
This warning replaces the travel caution dated April 11.
CAJ News

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