Niger and Mali travel warnings
On November 14, 2009, heavily armed individuals attempted to kidnap U.S. embassy employees in Tahoua.
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"Conditions of insecurity persist throughout northern and western Niger, and armed groups operate with relative impunity throughout these border regions. In addition, conflict zones in northern Niger are strewn with landmines, further impeding travel."
"U.S. citizens are specifically reminded that the restricted areas include Essakane, site of the popular "Festival au Desert" musical event, as well as many other musical and cultural festivals in the regions of Kidal and Gao that are traditionally held between December and February. It should be noted that in addition to the potential terrorist and criminal threats, these celebrations are located in some of the most remote destinations on earth and the Embassy would have extreme difficulty rendering assistance should an emergency occur there."