The U.S Embassy in Yaounde has issued a Travel Alert to all US citizens who intend to travel to Bamenda, Cameroon following the explosion of a home-made bomb yesterday morning, September 21, 2017. This is one of many explosions that have occurred in Bamenda this month.
US citizens have been told to avoid Bamenda until October 3. Below is a statement issued by the embassy.
“The U.S. Embassy in Yaoundé informs U.S. citizens that a bomb exploded in a travel roundabout in Bamenda this morning, resulting in three injuries. Demonstrations may take place in Bamenda on Friday, September 22. The U.S. Embassy has prohibited all official travel to Bamenda until October 3 due to the potential for unrest in the city.
U.S. citizens are advised to adjust travel plans accordingly. Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. Avoid areas where demonstrations are taking place and exercise caution when in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.
Review your personal security plans, remain aware of your surroundings, including local events, and monitor local news stations for updates. Be vigilant and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security.”