AMERICAS Colombia (Security threat level – 4): On 15 January...
Afghanistan (Security threat level – 5): On 8 May 2019, Taliban militants detonated an explosive device in Kabul’s Shahr-e-Naw area near the attorney general’s office and the headquarters of international non-government organization (NGO) Counterpart International. The explosion was followed by a gun battle between militants and security forces. Authorities evacuated at least 80 people from the NGO’s office building. Approximately two dozen people were injured during the security incident. A Taliban representative later stated that they had targeted the NGO for conducting “harmful Western activities” inside Afghanistan.
Bangladesh (Security threat level – 4): On 8 May 2019, jute mill workers continued to strike over unpaid wages in Dhaka and Khulna. In Dhaka, workers blocked roads in the Demra district, including the main road to neighboring Jatrabari, for several hours. In Khulna, workers blocked roads and railways between 1600 and 1900 local time (1000 and 1300 UTC). There were no reports of violence in either city.
Pakistan (Security threat level – 5): On 8 May 2019, a suicide bomber detonated explosives near a police vehicle parked outside the Data Darbar Sufi Shine in Lahore. Hundreds of people were in or around the shrine — a popular pilgrimage site and tourist attraction — when the blast occurred. At least 10 people were killed and 23 others were injured in the blast. The Hizbul Ahrar, a splinter group of the Pakistani Taliban, has claimed responsibility for the attack.
Tanzania (Security threat level – 3): As of 8 May 2019, heavy rains and flooding are expected to continue to disrupt travel throughout Tanzania, including in Dar es Salaam, Lindi, Pemba Tanga, Mtwara, and on Zanzibar Island. On 7 May, flooding in Dar es Salaam shut down the city’s transportation system and closed down parts of Morogoro Road for up to six hours. Meanwhile, flooding on Zanzibar destroyed 141 houses in Unguja’s Urban district.
Albania (Security threat level – 3): On 8 May 2019, the U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) issued updated travel advice for Albania, which reads in part as follows:
Jamaica: On 7 May 2019, the U.S. Embassy in Kingston issued a Security Alert, which reads in part as follows:
Moldova (Security threat level – 3): On 8 May 2019, the U.S. Embassy in Chisinau issued a Demonstration Alert, which reads in part as follows:
Ukraine (Security threat level – 4): On 8 May 2019, the U.S. Embassy in Kiev issued a Demonstration Alert regarding Victory Day weekend, which reads in part as follows:
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.