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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Bogota (Armed Strike)
February 22, 2022

Location: Colombia, countrywide

Event: The U.S. Embassy in Bogota advises U.S. citizens that the National Liberation Army (ELN) terrorist organization continues plotting possible attacks in Colombia. Additionally, ELN has announced a “Paro Armado” or Armed Strike in Colombia from February 23rd through the 26th.

Historically the Colombian Departments most impacted by “paros armados” are Antioquia, Arauca, Cesar, Norte de Santander, and Valle de Cauca, but there is a possibility of incidents throughout Colombia, including larger urban centers. The transport sector is typically targeted, as well as public security forces.

The U.S. Department of State advises citizens to reconsider travel to Colombia due to crime and to exercise increased caution in Colombia due to civil unrest, terrorism, and kidnapping. The full Travel Advisory for Colombia can be found here.

Actions to Take:

  • Keep a low profile.
  • Exercise vigilance.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.