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>15 Aug 2017

Bangladesh: Dhaka: Security operation at hotel in Panthapath ends; continue to avoid area as investigations continue (Revised)

Members in the capital Dhaka on 15 August should continue to avoid the vicinity of the Hotel Olio International in the Panthapath area. A security operation at the location ended around 11.30 (local time), with the police killing a militant hiding in the hotel. A police officer was injured in the security operation, though no civilian casualties were reported. The authorities continue to restrict access to the area. Traffic movement has been suspended on routes to Panthapath from Karon Bazaar and 32 Road.

Advice

  • Continue to avoid the vicinity of the hotel until investigations conclude and security cordons are lifted.
  • Expect a heightened security force presence in Panthapath; follow all official directives.
  • Monitor our alerts on Bangladesh for further updates.

More detail

  • The authorities have said that the militant planned to target National Mourning Day events that are being held on the day at Dhaka’s Bangabandhu Memorial Museum. The security operation began at around 03.00; gunfire and two explosions took place at the site at around 09.45. The explosions partially damaged the hotel and a nearby building. Security cordons around the area are likely to be lifted after the security forces conclude investigations.

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>14 Aug 2017

Somalia: Mogadishu: Avoid travel to, from Aden Adde International Airport in coming hours, following nearby car bombing

Members should avoid all travel to and from Aden Adde International Airport (MCQ) until further notice. This follows reports of a car bombing outside the nearby Jazeera Palace hotel at around 11.15 (local time). At least one person has been killed and another injured. Local sources indicate that all roads to the airport are likely to be closed for several hours. Details are emerging; more to follow.

Advice

  • Avoid all travel to and from Aden Adde International Airport until the situation stabilises. Members at the airport should remain in a safe location and follow all official directives.
  • Expect a heightened security force presence in the area.
  • Monitor our alerts on Somalia for further details.

Manager Advice

  • Account for staff.

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14 Aug 2017

Burkina Faso: Ouagadougou: Security operation ongoing in city centre following terrorist attack; avoid area (Revised)

Members in the capital Ouagadougou on 14 August should continue to avoid the city centre due to an ongoing security operation following a terrorist attack on a restaurant on Avenue Kwame Nkrumah. At least 17 people have been killed and eight others injured in the attack on the Aziz Istanbul restaurant. The security forces have killed at least three assailants and operations are ongoing to locate others.

Advice

  • Avoid the city centre, particularly areas around the Aziz Istanbul restaurant, until the situation stabilises.
  • Closely monitor developments and follow all directives issued by the authorities.
  • We do not hold information on specific flights. Reconfirm schedules with the relevant airline before setting out.
  • Expect an increased security force presence in Ouagadougou in the coming hours. Exercise increased vigilance and leave an area immediately if security personnel begin to gather.
  • Monitor our alerts on Burkina Faso for further updates.

More detail

The attack started at around 21.00 (local time) on 13 August when an unknown number of assailants opened fire on guests at the restaurant. The authorities have said that foreigners are among the victims. The security forces have cordoned off the city centre. Operations remain suspended at Ouagadougou International Airport (OUA). No group has thus far claimed responsibility for the attack.

The latest incident bears resemblance to a January 2016 attack by four Islamist militants on a hotel and a nearby cafe on Avenue Kwame Nkrumah in the capital. The Sahel-based Al Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb Islamist militant group claimed responsibility for the attack, attributing it to its jihadist partner al Murabitun. At least 23 people were killed in the attack, in addition to the four militants, who held hotel guests hostage for several hours, before the latter were rescued by Burkinabe and French special forces.

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