Worldview Security Report – December 11, 2018
11-Dec-18

ASIA

India (Security threat level – 3): On 11 December 2018, authorities announced that an Indigo flight 6E-237 traveling from Jaipur to Kolkata made an emergency landing at Kolkata’s Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport (VECC/CCU) on 10 December after smoke was detected in the cabin. The aircraft, an Airbus A320, landed safely; some of the 136 passengers were evacuated via slides. There were no reports of injuries. Indigo later stated that the aircraft involved in the incident had never experienced technical issues in the past. The Aircraft Accident Investigation Board is working to determine the cause of the incident.

SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA

Togo (Security threat level – 4): On 10 December 2018, opposition demonstrators clashed with security personnel in Sokodé, an opposition stronghold located approximately 340 km (210 mi) north of the capital Lomé. Two people were reportedly killed, while several were injured and an unspecified number were arrested in the violence; witnesses claimed that one of those killed was shot during the clashes. The clashes follow nationwide protests that occurred on 8 December; at least two people were killed in unrest in Lomé on that day.




GOVERNMENT WARNINGS

Ghana (Security threat level – 3): On 10 December 2018, the U.S. Embassy in Accra issued a Security Alert that reads in part as follows:

  • “Location: Northern Region (Tamale/Yendi and surrounding areas).
  • “Event: Beginning on December 14, 2018, groups in Tamale, Yendi, and surrounding villages will hold funerals for their respective former chieftains. Extreme violence is likely and there are inadequate medical resources in the region.
  • “All but mission-essential travel by U.S. Embassy personnel to these regions is not advisable until the issue is resolved. Our ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in these areas is extremely limited.
  • “Actions to Take:
    Avoid travel to or through the Northern Region, especially the surrounding areas from Tamale and Yendi.”

  • Venezuela (Security threat level – 4): On 10 December 2018, the U.S. Embassy in Caracas issued an Alert that reads in part as follows:

  • “Location: Canaima Airport, Canaima National Park, Bolivar State
  • “Event: Local authorities have closed Canaima Airport indefinitely due to a protest. This airport is the entry point to reach Angel Falls.”

  • 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.