Security Message to United States Citizens – October 15, 2013

Recent Bombings in Burma and General Security Awareness

This Security Message is to alert U.S. citizens residing in or traveling to
Burma of recent bombings in several locations around the country.  A series
of seven Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) have detonated, or have been
discovered and rendered safe, over the course of the last several days.
These IEDs have been located in: the city of Mandalay; Taungoo City; Insein
Township, Thar Kay Ta Township, and Ahlone Township in Rangoon; and Sagaing
City. Two people were reportedly killed and several more wounded in these
bombings.  One IED exploded at the Traders Hotel in Rangoon at around
midnight on October 15, 2013, seriously injuring an American tourist.

While there is no indication at this time that any of these IEDs were
specifically directed toward U.S. citizens, the Embassy asks that all U.S.
citizens exercise an appropriate level of caution when traveling around
Rangoon and/or Burma.  Extra attention should be taken when in public areas
such as parks, markets, and bus stops.  The Embassy is in close contact with
the local police authorities, who have advised that they have no specific
threat information related to any potential additional targets.  When in
public areas, stay alert and aware of the people around you at all times.
If you see something suspicious, report it to the proper authorities if
possible and leave the area.

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.  We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling
to or residing in Burma enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler
Enrollment Program (STEP) at www.Travel.State.Gov.  STEP enrollment gives
you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy or
nearest U.S. consulate to contact you in an emergency.  If you don’t have
Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.

Regularly monitor the State Department’s website, where you can find current
Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and the Worldwide Caution.  Read the Country
Specific Information for Burma.  For additional information, refer to “A
Safe Trip Abroad” on the State Department’s website.

Contact the U.S. Embassy in Rangoon for up-to-date information on travel
restrictions.  You can also call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United
States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries.  These numbers are
available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday
(except U.S. federal holidays).  Follow us on Twitter and Facebook, and
download our free Smart Traveler iPhone App to have travel information at
your fingertips.

The U.S. Embassy in Rangoon is located at 110 University Avenue, Kamayut
Township, and is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. M-F.  The Embassy
Telephone is (95)-(1)-536-509.  If you are a U.S. citizen in need of urgent
assistance, the emergency number for the U.S. Embassy is (95)-(9)-512-4330.
If calling the 24 Hour Embassy Telephone, explain that you want to speak to
the Duty Officer or a Consular Officer.


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