ExecSecure® Security Overview in Ethiopia

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There is a medium to high risk of terrorism in Ethiopia. Al-Shabaab who are predominantly based in Somalia, have the capability to mount attacks throughout East Africa including Ethiopia. Likely targets include crowded spaces, transport hubs and public places frequented by foreign travelers. Ethiopia is considered high-risk for crime. Opportunistic criminals operate throughout the region and will target individuals who lack situational awareness. Petty crimes, including pickpocketing, theft and harassment from youth gangs are common. Gangs are particularly active in the Addis Ababa region, and crowded areas are vulnerable. Western travelers, including humanitarian aid workers, journalists and business travelers are at increased risk of kidnapping attempts. The areas considered most dangerous are located on the southern border with Kenya and Ethiopia’s Somalia region. The kidnap threat is likely to exist throughout the region, remaining vigilant is vital.
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