Worldview Security Report – April 16, 2019
16-Apr-19

EUROPE

Spain (Security threat level – 3) : At approximately 1200 local time (1000 UTC) on 16 April 2019, police officers evacuated approximately 2,000 people from the Torre Espacio skyscraper in Madrid’s financial district due to a bomb threat. Officials stated that the bomb threat was issued against the Australian Embassy located inside of the building. Police officers cordoned off the building and diverted traffic while bomb disposal officers investigated the threat. At approximately 1430 local time, authorities lifted the evacuation notice after no bomb was found. The Australian Embassy released a statement saying that it will remain closed for the remainder of the day.

GOVERNMENT WARNINGS

Lebanon (Security threat level – 4): On 16 April 2019, the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) issued updated travel advice for Lebanon, which reads in part as follows:

  • “We now advise you to reconsider your need to travel to the southern suburbs in Beirut. Exercise a high degree of caution in Lebanon overall due to the unpredictable security situation, the threat of terrorist attack and ongoing political and sectarian tensions. Higher levels apply in some parts of Lebanon.”
  • Mozambique (Security threat level – 3): On 16 April 2019, the U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) issued updated travel advice for Mozambique, which reads in part as follows:

  • “The FCO no longer advises against all but essential travel to the Provinces of Sofala, Zambezia, Manica and Tete; the advice for the districts of Cabo Delgado province remain unchanged.”
  • Security threat levels range from 1 (Very Low) to 5 (Very High) and are determined using a comprehensive system that utilizes both qualitative and quantitative analysis. The primary factors used to determine a location’s security threat level are Armed Conflict, Crime, Demonstrations/Strikes, Ethnic/Sectarian Tensions, Graft/Corruption, Kidnapping, Political Instability, Government Restriction and Terrorism.