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 Bit of a Warning...

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PostSubject: Bit of a Warning...   Wed Nov 07, 2012 2:46 am

For those out there travelling at the moment I wanted to pass on a bit of a head's up. My day job is as the security coordinator for an alliance of humanitarian organizations globally, so I see lots of security related reports cross my desk. Quite recently Al Qaeda has urged its sub groups in Yemen, Mali, Somalia, Pakistan and elsewhere to step up their kidnapping attacks on westerners. There are a number of reports that the various groups holding northern Mali, including Al Qaeda in the Islamic Magreb (AQIM) intend to do this to fund their upcoming fight with ECOWAS to hold on to the north. Since there are no westerners in northern Mali, this will mean bordering nations may be at risk.

The odds of being kidnapped are statistically, vanishingly rare. But some tips I always pass on to our staff are:

- Kidnappings are almost always well planned. Targets are observed for several days or sometimes weeks before an attempt is made. So as long as you don't stay in one place too long, you are fine.

- Keep and eye out for people observing you for more than can be explained by normal local curiousity if you are stopped somewhere.

- Don't be the first vehicle down a remote road first thing in the morning or last through at sunset if possible.

- Don't travel after dark outside urban areas.

- Trust your instincts...if something doesn't feel right, it probably isn't.

Don't want to upset anyone but better to keep this in mind, especially in West and North Africa at the moment.

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PostSubject: thanks   Wed Nov 07, 2012 3:57 am

hi tembo
thanks for the warning, stay low mve fast
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PostSubject: Re: Bit of a Warning...   Wed Nov 07, 2012 4:10 am

Good advice for people traveling in Africa. clinking teacups
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PostSubject: Re: Bit of a Warning...   Fri Nov 09, 2012 11:40 pm


Many thanks for the advice. Appreciated.

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PostSubject: Re: Bit of a Warning...   Sat Nov 10, 2012 7:52 am

Just read this 30 seconds after posting about the potential of being robbed in the Kapp2Cape thread. affraid

"Don't travel after dark outside urban areas".

Sound advice, although thought you were talking about towns and cities in the UK for a moment.

Wherever you are in the world, just 'be aware', and as the man says, "trust your instincts".

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PostSubject: Re: Bit of a Warning...   Sun Nov 11, 2012 6:39 am

great advice for almost any time, any where!

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PostSubject: info   Mon Jan 14, 2013 10:33 pm

good info to know for any trip in the future, thanks for sh
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