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United States (Security threat level – 2): At approximately 1300 local time (1700 UTC) on 2 April 2021, a motorist drove his car into two members of the U.S. Capitol Police manning the North Barricade vehicle access point, located along Constitution Avenue and approximately 100 yd (90 m) from the entrance of the Capitol complex in Washington, D.C. The perpetrator then exited the vehicle wielding a knife. Police officers at the scene opened fire, wounding the suspect, who later succumbed to his injuries at a nearby hospital. One of the two injured police officers also died, and the second officer remains in critical condition. Security officials placed the Capitol complex on a temporary lockdown following the event. Authorities stated that the event does not appear to be terrorism-related; an investigation is ongoing to determine the perpetrator’s potential motive.
India (Security threat level – 3): On 4 April 2021, authorities in the Indian state of Maharashtra — where the city of Mumbai is located – imposed new restrictions to slow the spread of COVID-19. The new measures, which will remain in effect until further notice, include a nightly 2000-0700 local time (1430-1330 UTC) curfew as well as a weekend curfew from 2000 local time on Fridays until 0700 local time on Mondays. Essential services are exempt from the curfew. In addition, gatherings of five or more Individuals are prohibited. Malls, bars and restaurants are closed, although home delivery is permitted.
United Kingdom (Security threat level – 3): On 4 April 2021, unrest continued for a third consecutive night in the cities of Belfast and Londonderry (Derry), as well as in other unionist areas of Northern Ireland. Individuals threw Molotov cocktails and bricks at police officers in the town of Carrickfergus, located approximately 20 km (10 mi) north of Belfast. Protesters also set fire to trash bins and blocked the North Road. Meanwhile, rioters set fire to trash bins and blocked the Cloughfern roundabout in the town of Newtonabbey, located on the northern outskirts of Belfast. Police officers were also attacked in Londonderry. In addition, on the night of 3 April, rioters threw at least 30 Molotov cocktails at police officers in Newtownabbey and set ablaze three vehicles. The violence escalated on 2 April, when crowds of mostly young people set vehicles on fire and threw Molotov cocktails and other projectiles at police officers in Belfast and Londonderry. At least 15 police officers were injured in Belfast, and 12 others were injured in Londonderry during the violence on 2 April. Authorities arrested a total of eight people. The unrest occurred amid increasing tensions regarding trade regulations for Northern Ireland following the United Kingdom’s exit from the EU and growing disagreements between the Democratic Unionist Party and the Irish nationalist party Sinn Fein, which jointly govern Northern Ireland. Unionist supporters also resent the government’s decision not to prosecute approximately two dozen members of Sinn Fein, who attended the June funeral of a former leader of the Irish Republican Army, violating the coronavirus-related ban on large gatherings.
Mali (Security threat level – 5): On 2 April 2021, approximately 100 suspected Islamist militants assaulted a United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) camp in the northern city of Aguelhok with gunfire, mortar shells and an attempted vehicle-borne suicide bombing. At least four U.N. peacekeepers and 20 militants were killed, and 19 more peacekeepers were wounded. In a separate attack on the same day, militants assaulted Malian troops at a military post in the central city of Diafarabe, killing 10 Malian soldiers and wounding 10 others.
Bangladesh (Security threat level – 4): On 4 April 2021, the U.S. Embassy in Dhaka issued a Health Alert, which reads in part as follows: “The Government of Bangladesh has announced a countrywide lockdown to limit the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. The U.S. Embassy will be closed for routine U.S. citizen services from Monday, April 5 for a duration of seven (7) days – or for the duration of the lockdown in the event it is extended. All U.S. citizen services appointments already scheduled for the week will be rescheduled. In the event of an immediate service need or emergency, please email [email protected] to request an emergency appointment.
“The Embassy will reopen U.S. citizen services appointments after the lockdown is lifted.”
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