Security Alert: Increase in IED Attacks, September 3, 2022

U.S. Embassy in Myanmar

Security Alert – September 2, 2022

Event:  In the last 48 hours, the U.S. Embassy in Myanmar has noted eight Improvised Explosive Device (IED) attacks in Yangon.  Five of the IEDs detonated at unspecified locations across five townships, and two IED attacks targeted government facilities in downtown Kyauktada: near the Yangon City Hall and at the State Lottery Directorate.  The last IED attack occurred at a ward administration office in Insein township.

Although attacks can happen anywhere at any time, the data makes it clear that government buildings and roadside checkpoints are increasingly being targeted by IED attacks.  The threat of being in the wrong place at the wrong time remains a primary concern.  To that end, we ask that all to remain aware of the environment and carefully consider their movements throughout the city.

The U.S. Embassy strongly recommends avoiding security checkpoints, regime-affiliated business, and all government buildings as best as possible.  All should avoid utilizing any routes through known traffic checkpoints and any travel adjacent to regime-affiliated businesses and government buildings.

Actions to Take:

  • Regularly monitor local and international news and social media news channels.
  • Ensure travel documents are valid and easily accessible.
  • Review your personal security plans and always have a contingency plan in place that does not rely on U.S. government assistance.
  • Get a COVID vaccine to facilitate your travel.
  • Please see information on What the Department of State Can and Can’t Do in a Crisis.

For Assistance:

U.S. Embassy Rangoon
(+95) (1) 753-6509
Embassy website

Department of State – Consular Affairs
888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444

Burma Country Information

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