The U.S. Embassy in Kabul’s official Twitter page tweeted an emergency message for the U.S. citizens currently overseas in Afghanistan’s capital city, April 11.
April 11, 2016 U.S. Embassy Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: https://t.co/4o6ScgkXCV
— U.S. Embassy Kabul (@USEmbassyKabul) April 11, 2016
In its statement, the embassy said:
“The U.S. Embassy in Kabul has received reports that insurgents are planning to conduct attacks targeting The Star Hotel in Kabul City. In response to this potential threat, the U.S. Embassy Kabul is advising American citizens to avoid the Star Hotel, and to remain vigilant when visiting hotels in Kabul, especially during large gatherings.”
Officials believe that after conducting several attacks so far, the Taliban will continue to increase its terrorist attacks after the Afghan war.
The citizens who decide to remain in Afghanistan are strongly urged by the embassy to: review personal security plans, take appropriate steps to enhance personal safety, remain aware of surroundings, monitor local media for updates, and maintain a high level of vigilance.
The embassy posted the following information to help people remain prepared:
Contact the U.S. Embassy, which is located at Great Massoud Road between Radio Afghanistan and the Ministry of Public Health in Kabul. To reach the American Citizen Services (ACS) unit of the Consular Section during business hours, please call 0700-108-499 or send an email to KabulACS@state.gov. You can also reach the ACS unit through the Embassy’s switchboard by calling 0700-108-001/002. For after-hours emergencies involving U.S. citizens, please call the Consular Duty Officer at 0700-10-8001.
Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).