Worldview Security Update – July 10, 2019
10-Jul-19

ASIA

Pakistan (Security threat level – 5): On 9 July 2019, two gunmen riding a motorcycle opened fire at a roadside tea shop in the Pehlwan Goth neighborhood, located in Karachi’s Gulistan-e-Johar district. Reports indicate that the assailants stopped outside the shop, fired multiple rounds and immediately fled the scene. Two people were killed and one more was critically wounded in the attack. While further details regarding the attack are unavailable, authorities suspect that the motive of the shooting was terror-related.

EUROPE

Armenia (Security threat level – 3): On the afternoon of 10 July 2019, a significant power outage occurred in the capital Yerevan and surrounding areas. The outage caused disruptions to the capital’s subway trains, and passengers had to be evacuated from the tunnels. Officials stated that fluctuations in the supply frequency to the Yerevan Thermal Power Plant and one unit of the Hrazdan Thermal Power Plant caused the blackout. Emergency crews are currently working to restore power and a full restoration is expected by approximately 1900 local time (1600 UTC). Government officials have asked residents to conserve as much electricity as possible until the power supply is fully restored.

Italy (Security threat level – 3): Employees of Azienda Trasporti Milanesi (ATM) — Milan’s transport authority — plan to conduct a 24-hour strike on 11 July 2019. All public transportation services — including buses, trams, trolley buses and metro trains — in Milan will likely be disrupted during the strike, but services are expected to run normally before 0845 local time (0645 UTC) and from 1500-1800 local time. Union officials organized the labor action to protest the privatization of public transportation.

Separately, employees of Trenord — a regional passenger train operator — plan to stage an additional strike in Milan and Lombardy region as a whole on 14 July due to an ongoing contract dispute. The company announced that the strike will be in effect from 0300 local time on 14 July to 0200 local time on 15 July and will likely disrupt train services throughout the region. The Malpensa Express rail line from Milano-Cardona station to Milan Malpensa Airport (LIMC/MXP) will remain suspended during the strike, but a bus service will operate between the airport and the train station.

GOVERNMENT WARNINGS

Tunisia (Security threat level – 3): On 9 July 2019, the U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) issued updated travel advice for Tunisia, which reads in part as follows:

  • “A state of emergency is in effect in Tunisia, imposed after a suicide attack on a police bus on 24 November 2015. It’s been extended a number of times, most recently on 5 July 2019 by one month.”
  • 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.