Event: During the evening of July 2, an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) was detonated at the Damas Roundabout in Yaoundé, approximately 13 kilometers southwest of the U.S. Embassy. Reports indicate that there were several injuries. U.S. citizens should expect increased vigilance by authorities, to include possible vehicle checkpoints and bag searches, throughout Yaoundé.
Actions to Take:
· Be aware of your surroundings and keep a low profile;
· Review your own security plan;
· Avoid crowded locations and monitor local media for updates;
· If you notice any suspicious or unattended package or bag, immediately leave the area, encourage others to do so, and locate the nearest authority to report the item. Do NOT use your cellphone while near any suspicious item;
· Always carry proof of your legal presence in Cameroon, such as a U.S. passport with a valid Cameroonian visa or residency card. Since Cameroon does not recognize dual citizenship, U.S. citizens of Cameroonian descent should never attempt to use a Cameroonian passport or identification card.
U.S. Embassy Yaoundé, Cameroon
+237 2 2220-1500 ext. 4341/4023
+237 2 2220-1500 ext. 4531 (after hours)
State Department – Bureau of Consular Affairs
888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444
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