U.S. Embassy Kabul – Security Message for U.S. Citizens

June 25, 2015

The U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan received the following information concerning a threat to U.S. citizens living in Afghanistan:

As of mid-June 2015, militants planned to kidnap two purported U.S. citizens operating in Khost City, Khost Province, Afghanistan. The two unidentified individuals purportedly work for an unspecified U.S. or British organization based in Khost City, which could be a non-governmental organization (NGO) or commercial entity. No further information was available regarding the timing, location, or methods of any planned kidnapping.

Review your personal security plans; remain aware of your surroundings, including local events; and monitor local news stations for updates. Maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security.

For further information:

  • See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warning for Afghanistan, Travel Alerts, andAfghanistan 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 U.S. Embassy, which is located at Great Massoud Road between Radio Afghanistan and the Ministry of Public Health in Kabul. To reach the American Citizen Services (ACS) unit of the Consular Section during business hours, please call 0700-108-499 or send an email to KabulACS@state.gov. You can also reach the ACS unit through the Embassy’s switchboard by calling 0700-108-001/002. For after-hours emergencies involving U.S. citizens, please call the Consular Duty Officer at 0700-10-8001.
  • Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
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