Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Explosion Reported in Central Tunis

Social media, local news, and U.S. Embassy police contacts confirm an explosion on a police bus on Avenue Mohammed V between Iraq Street and Saudi Arabia Street, adjacent to the Tunisian Central Bank.  According to media reports, there are multiple deaths and injuries.  U.S. Embassy personnel have been advised to avoid central Tunis, including the Medina, pending further updates and guidance from the Embassy.

The U.S. Embassy reiterates our standing guidance that U.S. citizens in Tunisia should exercise caution when frequenting public venues visited by large numbers of foreigners, such as hotels, shopping centers, tourist sites and restaurants.  U.S. citizens should also be alert to the possibility of kidnapping.

U.S. citizens should exercise caution and avoid areas where large gatherings may occur.  Even demonstrations or events intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and possibly escalate into violence.  U.S. citizens should monitor local events, report suspicious activity to the local police, and take appropriate steps to bolster their own security.

Travelers contemplating trips to the interior of the country should assess local conditions and routes when making travel plans.  In particular, all travel south of the designated military zone in the south must be coordinated in advance with Tunisian authorities.  Also, travel to either border should be avoided if possible given the periodic security incidents along the border regions.  For further information, we refer you to the Worldwide CautionWorldwide Travel Alert, and Tunisia’s current Travel Alert, dated September 29, 2015.

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