Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Update on Recent Attack at the Istanbul Restaurant

U.S. Embassy Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

August 14, 2017

The U.S. Embassy has lifted the order to shelter in place for embassy personnel.  The Embassy continues to urge U.S. citizens to avoid downtown Ouagadougou due to an ongoing investigation into the August 13 attack at the Istanbul restaurant on Avenue Kwame N’Krumah. The government of Burkina Faso reports that 18 people were killed and 20 wounded during the attack. We encourage U.S. citizens in Ouagadougou to contact family and friends and let them know you are safe.

Review your personal security plans, remain aware of your surroundings, including local events, and monitor local news stations for updates.  Be vigilant and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security.

For further information:

  • See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Burkina Faso Country Specific Information.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program(STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • Contact the S. Embassy Ouagadougou, in Ouaga 2000, Sector 15, on Avenue Sembene Ousmane, southeast of the Monument aux Héros Nationaux,  at (+226) 25-49-53-00, 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Friday.  If you are a U.S. citizen in an emergency situation after normal Embassy operating hours, please contact the Embassy, dial “1,” and ask to be connected to the duty officer.
  • Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
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