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Worldview Security Report – April 4, 2019
4-Apr-19

ASIA

Bangladesh (Security threat level – 4): On 4 April 2019, clashes broke out in Khulna, a city located approximately 140 km (90 mi) southwest of Dhaka, on the last day of a 72-hour strike by jute mill workers demanding better wages and benefits. The clashes occurred after protesters attacked a police post following rumors that police officers were taking pictures of the protesters. At least 16 people were injured, including four police officers. Demonstrators also blocked roads and railways in other cities, including Chittagong and Narsingdi; rail services between Khulna and Dhaka, as well as between Chittagong and Dhaka, were suspended during the morning. Most blockades were removed by 1200 local time (0600 UTC). There were no reports of violence at any of the other roadblocks/demonstrations.

EUROPE

Belgium (Security threat level – 3): According to reports on 4 April 2019, security personnel at Brussels South Charleroi Airport (EBCI/CRL) have launched a spontaneous strike to demand better pay. Security officers have blocked entrances to the building, preventing hundreds of passengers from entering and exiting the airport. Authorities have warned that delays and cancellations are possible, as it is unclear when the strike will end. Passengers have been advised to check on the status of their flight with their airline before traveling to the airport.

Analyst Comment: Security personnel had previously announced plans to launch a strike at EBCI on 6 April; it is unclear why the strike occurred earlier than the scheduled date.

SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA

Somalia (Security threat level – 5): On 3 April 2019, police officials in Mogadishu warned that they had received credible information indicating that the al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabab militant group is planning to detonate a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) in Mogadishu. Police officers have asked the public to remain on alert for a Toyota Prado SUV. Security forces foiled a similar threat on 1 April when they confiscated a large truck filled with explosives in Sabid village, located approximately 40 km (25 mi) northwest of Mogadishu; the confiscated VBIED was also intended to target the capital.

GOVERNMENT WARNINGS

Haiti (Security threat level – 4): On 4 April 2019, the U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince issued a Security Alert, which reads in part as follows:

  • “Location: Near the Vivy Mitchel HNP Commissariat
  • “Events: Heavy traffic because of dead body in the roadway.”
  • Rwanda (Security threat level – 3): On 3 April 2019, the U.S. Embassy in Kigali issued a Security Alert, which reads in part as follows:

  • “Location: Kigali, Rwanda
  • “Event: Multiple and long-lasting road closures and traffic delays are expected in Kigali from Friday, April 5 through Monday, April 8 in connection with Kwibuka 25 commemoration activities.
  • “Due to expected road closures, U.S. government employees have been advised to schedule their plans accordingly and use alternate routes to avoid delays.”
  • South Africa (Security threat level – 4): On 3 April 2019, the U.S. Consulate General in Johannesburg issued a Demonstration Alert, which reads in part as follows:

  • “Location: U.S. Consulate General Johannesburg
  • “Event: The National Education, Health and Allied Workers Union (NEHAWU) is planning to demonstrate outside the U.S. Consulate General in Johannesburg on Thursday, April 4, 2019, from 10:00 A.M. until 2:00 P.M. Up to 100 demonstrators are expected to gather at the corner of Sandton and Rivonia Drive. Disruptions to motor vehicle and pedestrian traffic are likely in the vicinity of the Consulate.”
  • Uganda (Security threat level – 4): On 4 April 2019, the U.S. Embassy in Kampala issued a Security Alert regarding the ongoing criminal event in southwestern Uganda, which reads in part as follows:

  • “Location: Ishasha, Uganda
  • “Event: The U.S. Embassy in Kampala advises U.S. citizens of an ongoing criminal event in the Ishasha area of Queen Elizabeth National Park in southwestern Uganda. The Government of Uganda has sent security forces to the area. Exercise caution when traveling to this area due to ongoing law enforcement/security activity.
  • “Actions to Take:
  • “Avoid the Ishasha area of Queen Elizabeth National Park in southwestern Uganda until the event is resolved.”

  • 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.

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