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Emergency Messages for U.S. Citizens

Shooting Incident in Kandahar

March 11, 2012

The U.S. Embassy in Kabul alerts U.S. citizens in Afghanistan that as a result of a tragic shooting incident in Kandahar province involving a U.S. service member, there is a risk of anti-American feelings and protests in coming days, especially in eastern and southern provinces. The Embassy is carefully monitoring the situation and may send out additional emergency messages as the situation evolves.

U.S. citizens in Afghanistan should remain vigilant and avoid areas where Westerners congregate.  Avoid large public gatherings or demonstrations. Past demonstrations in Afghanistan have escalated into violent attacks on Western targets of opportunity.  Do not discuss travel plans or other personal matters with strangers, or in public.  Be alert and aware of your surroundings, and always travel with mobile phones or appropriate communication equipment.

U.S. citizens in Afghanistan should regularly monitor the Embassy's Travel Advisories, as well as the Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs website, where the Worldwide Caution, Country Specific Information and the Travel Warning for Afghanistan are found.

The current Travel Warning warns against travel to Afghanistan.  The security threat to all U.S. citizens in Afghanistan remains critical.   If you plan to travel to Afghanistan despite the current Travel Warning, or already reside here, we urge you to register with the Embassy through the Department of State's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP), to receive the latest travel updates and information and to obtain updated information on travel and security issues.

In addition, review "A Safe Trip Abroad," which includes valuable security information for those traveling or living in foreign countries.  You can also follow the Bureau of Consular Affairs on Twitter and on Facebook.  Up-to-date information on security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada, or, for callers outside of the United States and Canada, on a regular toll-line at 1-202-501-444.  These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

The U.S. Embassy is located at Great Massood Road between Radio Afghanistan and the Ministry of Public Health in Kabul.  To reach the American Citizens Services unit during business hours, please call 0700-108-499 or send us an e-mail (  You can also reach us through the Embassy's switchboard by calling 0700-108-001/002.  For after-hours life-or-limb emergencies involving U.S. citizens, please call the Consular Duty Officer at 0700-201-908.