Weather Alert – U. S. Embassy Dhaka, Bangladesh

Weather Alert – U. S. Embassy (Dhaka, Bangladesh) (Nov 7, 2019) Location: Bay of Bengal; all coastal area around Bangladesh. Event: Cyclone Bulbul formed in the Bay of Bengal.  The Government of Bangladesh has issued an early warning Level 2 (danger) alert in the coastal area, indicating a cyclone has formed and may be approaching. …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Dhaka, Bangladesh

Location:  Dhaka, other major cities across Bangladesh. Event:  The Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) is calling for demonstrations Wednesday, October 23, 2019. Local authorities expect gatherings of BNP supporters nationwide.  Further demonstrations are expected until Friday, October 25, 2019.  There is a possibility of some disruption and delays in vehicle and pedestrian traffic throughout Dhaka. Demonstrations may have …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Dhaka, Bangladesh

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Dhaka, Bangladesh (October 22, 2019) Location:  Dhaka, other major cities across Bangladesh. Event:  Hefazat-e-Islam plans to conduct nationwide protests on October 22, 2019. Local authorities expect a gathering of Hefazat-e-Islam supporters nationwide on October 22, 2019.  There is a possibility, however, of some disruption and delays in vehicle and pedestrian traffic throughout …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Dhaka, Bangladesh

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Dhaka, Bangladesh (July 3, 2019) Location:  Dhaka, other major cities across Bangladesh. Event:  The Left Democratic Alliance has called a nationwide eight-hour hartal, or general strike, Sunday, July 07, 2019 from 06:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. to protest the increase in the price of natural gas. Hartal:  A form of …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Dhaka, Bangladesh

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Dhaka, Bangladesh (June 2, 2019) Location:  Throughout Bangladesh Event:  The U.S. Embassy reminds U.S. citizens living in or visiting Bangladesh during the Eid-ul-Fitr holiday period to remain vigilant in light of recent attacks in Bangladesh and around the world. The U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory for Bangladesh is still in effect, and the …

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Weather Alert – U. S. Embassy (Dhaka, Bangladesh)

Weather Alert – U. S. Embassy (Dhaka, Bangladesh) (May 2, 2019) Location: Bay of Bengal; possible landfall near Bangladesh coastline. Event: A severe cyclone continues to strengthen over the Bay of Bengal and is projected to make landfall on India’s eastern coastline as early as May 3, 2019.  The cyclone is expected to impact Bangladesh’s …

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Travel Advisory – U. S. Embassy Dhaka, Bangladesh

Travel Advisory – U. S. Embassy Dhaka, Bangladesh (April 10, 2019) Exercise increased caution in Bangladesh due to crime and terrorism. Some areas have increased risk. Reconsider Travel to: Dhaka due to crime and terrorism. Southeast Bangladesh, including the Chittagong Hill Tracts, due to crime, terrorism, and kidnapping. Violent crime, such as armed robbery, assault, and rape, is widespread. Terrorist groups continue …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Dhaka, Bangladesh

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Dhaka, Bangladesh (April 3, 2019)  Location: Bangladesh, countrywide Event: In light of calls for revenge in the wake of the March 15 terrorist attack against two mosques in New Zealand, we encourage U.S. citizens to exercise heightened awareness of the ongoing threat posed by transnational terrorist organizations such as ISIS and al-Qa’ida. Terrorist …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Dhaka, Bangladesh

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Dhaka, Bangladesh (March 24, 2019)   Location:  Dhaka  Event:  The U.S. Embassy is looking into reports about the need for heightened vigilance in Dhaka.  We are not aware of any specific threats. Embassy Operations:  All routine consular services remain available. Actions to Take: Be aware of your surroundings. Avoid protests and demonstrations. Carry proper …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Dhaka, Bangladesh

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Dhaka, Bangladesh (February 11, 2019)  Location: Tongi, Gazipur, Bangladesh, and surrounding areas Event: Bishwa Ijtema, the world’s second-largest Muslim gathering, will be held in Bangladesh February 15 – 18, 2019.  Bishwa Ijtema will be held on the banks of the Turag River in Tongi.  The main gathering point is approximately 3km north of …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Dhaka, Bangladesh

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Dhaka, Bangladesh (December 31, 2018)  Location: Dhaka, Bangladesh Event: Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) have issued special instructions for New Year’s Eve celebrations including, but not limited to, prohibiting meetings, gatherings or celebrations on rooftops, roads, flyovers or public spaces, as well as banning the use of fireworks.  We strongly advise all U.S. citizens to …

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Travel Alert – U.S. Embassy Dhaka, Bangladesh

Travel Alert – U.S. Embassy Dhaka, Bangladesh (December 26, 2018) Location: Bangladesh, countrywide Event: We encourage all U.S. citizens to obtain a visa before traveling to Bangladesh. Recently, some U.S. citizens, particularly ones born outside the United States, have been denied entry into Bangladesh despite believing they had fulfilled the requirements for a visa on …

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Security Alert – Bangladesh Prime Minister to visit Gulshan-1 on December 21, 2018

Security Alert – Bangladesh Prime Minister to visit Gulshan-1 on December 21, 2018 Location: Gulshan-1, Dhaka, Bangladesh Event: Local media sources report that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will attend a political campaign meeting at the Gulshan Youth Club Field in the Gulshan-1 area on Friday, December 21, 2018 at 3:00 p.m.  You should expect traffic …

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Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Dhaka, Bangladesh

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Dhaka, Bangladesh (December 10, 2018)  Location: Bangladesh, countrywide Event: Formal campaigns for the Bangladesh national election begin Monday, December 10 with voting scheduled to take place on Sunday, December 30.  Expect political rallies and demonstrations throughout this election period. Historically, elections in Bangladesh have been marked by unrest.  We …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Dhaka, Bangladesh

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy (Dhaka, Bangladesh) (November 14, 2018)  Location:  Naya Paltan, potentially other areas in Dhaka and other major cities. Event:  Local media sources report ongoing demonstrations in Naya Paltan, Old Dhaka.  Alleged live video feeds show protestors vandalizing vehicles and brandishing wooden staffs and similar items. Avoid large crowds and protests.  We encourage you to remain vigilant, …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Dhaka, Bangladesh

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy (Dhaka, Bangladesh) (October 29, 2018)  Location: Dhaka, other major cities across Bangladesh. Event: Local media sources report the potential for demonstrations throughout Dhaka and other major cities across Bangladesh in reaction to the October 29 sentencing of former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia. Expect significant travel delays.  We encourage you to remain vigilant, as demonstrations could continue for the next several days. Previous …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy (Dhaka, Bangladesh) (October 28, 2018) Location: Dhaka, other major cities across Bangladesh. Event: Local media sources report the Bangladesh Road Transport Workers Federation has announced a nationwide 48-hour transportation strike beginning from 6:00 am on Sunday, October 28. Expect fewer options for public transport and potential delays due to demonstrations.  …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy, Dhaka

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy (Dhaka, Bangladesh) (October 10, 2018)  Location: Dhaka, other major cities across Bangladesh. Event: Local media sources report the potential for demonstrations in Dhaka and other major cities across Bangladesh in response to today’s court ruling regarding the 2004 grenade attacks in Dhaka. Previous protests in Bangladesh have turned violent, resulting …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy, Dhaka

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy (Dhaka, Bangladesh) (September 27, 2018)  Location: Dhaka, other major cities across Bangladesh. Event: Local media sources are reporting that both the Awami League (AL) and the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) are planning to hold rallies on Saturday, September 29, 2018. According to media reports, the AL rally will be held …

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Demonstration Alert

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy (Dhaka, Bangladesh) (August 2, 2018) Location: Dhaka, other major cities across Bangladesh. Event: Local sources report ongoing student protests in various areas throughout Dhaka and other major cities across Bangladesh.  The demonstrations are reportedly in reaction to a bus accident that caused the deaths of two students on Sunday, July …

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Demonstration Alert

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy (Dhaka, Bangladesh) (July 31, 2018) Location: Dhaka Event: Local sources report that student-led protests are taking place in various areas of Dhaka.  The demonstrations are reportedly in reaction to the deaths of two students caused by a local bus accident on Sunday, July 29. According to local news, some …

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Demonstration Alert

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Dhaka, Bangladesh (May 14, 2018) Location: Colleges and universities across Bangladesh Event: Local sources report the potential for student demonstrations at colleges and universities across Bangladesh. The demonstrations would reportedly be in reaction to a Government of Bangladesh policy that allocates certain percentages (quotas) of civil service jobs to specific …

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Reminder – Town Hall Meeting in Dhaka with the Ambassador

The American Citizen Services (ACS) Section of the U.S. Embassy invites U.S. citizens to a Town Hall meeting for a discussion on issues that affect American citizens in Bangladesh.  The Honorable Ambassador Marcia Stephens Bloom Bernicat and Consul General Sharon A. Weber, in addition to officials from other Embassy offices, will be present to respond …

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Security Alert

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Dhaka, Bangladesh (April 14, 2018)  Location: Dhaka, and potentially other cities in Bangladesh Event: Bangla New Year (Pohela Baishakh) is an all-day event observed on April 14.  This celebration is especially popular in the Ramna, Dhaka University, and Suhrawardy Uddayan areas of Dhaka.  Vehicular and pedestrian traffic patterns are likely …

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Demonstration Alert

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Dhaka, Bangladesh (April 10, 2018) Location:  Dhaka, and potentially other cities in Bangladesh Event:  Local sources report ongoing student demonstrations in Dhaka.  Similar demonstrations may also occur in other cities in Bangladesh.  The demonstrations are reportedly in reaction to a Government of Bangladesh policy that allocates certain percentages of civil …

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Town Hall Meeting in Dhaka with the Ambassador

The American Citizen Services (ACS) Section of the U.S. Embassy invites U.S. citizens to a Town Hall meeting for a discussion on issues that affect American citizens in Bangladesh.  The Honorable Ambassador Marcia Stephens Bloom Bernicat and Consul General Sharon A. Weber, in addition to officials from other Embassy offices, will be present to respond …

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Update on Bangladesh Travel Advisory

Update on Bangladesh Travel Advisory: U. S. Embassy Dhaka, Bangladesh, March 8, 2018 Exercise increased caution in Bangladesh due to crime and terrorism. Reconsider travel to: Dhaka due to crime and terrorism. Southeast Bangladesh, including the Chittagong Hill Tracts, due to crime and terrorism. Violent crime, such as armed robbery, assault, and rape, is widespread. …

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Demonstration Alert

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Dhaka, Bangladesh, February 6, 2018 Location: Throughout Dhaka, and all major cities in Bangladesh Event: Demonstrations may take place on February 8, 2018 in conjunction with the expected announcement of a verdict in a court case against opposition leader and former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia. Demonstrations may or may …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Countrywide Demonstration & Dec 16 Victory Day Celebrations

With the United States Government’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, there have been calls for a countrywide demonstration against the U.S. Embassy in Dhaka scheduled for Friday, December 15 immediately following noon prayers by Islami Shashontontro Andolon (ISA).  Historically, demonstrations in Dhaka by Islamist organizations have been held in the area of …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations Expected

According to local sources, several organizations have announced plans to hold demonstrations over the next several days in Dhaka and elsewhere in Bangladesh in reaction to the recent announcement that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and plans to relocate the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.  Islami Andolon has …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens Demonstration on Friday

According to local sources, a demonstration is occurring on Friday afternoon in the vicinity of the Baitul Mukarrom National Mosque.  The demonstration is reportedly in reaction to the recent announcement that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and plans to relocate the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.  The U.S. …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Personal Security Reminder

The recent announcement that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and plans to relocate the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem may spark protests, some of which have the potential to become violent.  U.S. Embassy, Dhaka reminds U.S. citizens of the need for caution and awareness of personal security. Read the full message . (PDF …

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Nationwide Strike or Hartal called for Thursday, November 30, 2017

According to local news sources, the Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB), Bangladesh Samajtantrik (BSD), and other left-leaning political parties have called for a six-hour nationwide hartal on Thursday, November 30, from 6 a.m. to 12 noon in reaction to nationwide electricity price hikes. Read the full message . (PDF 364KB) PDF Files Require the Free Adobe Acrobat Reader .

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Notice regarding Social Security Services

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has consolidated its overseas operations into several regional offices that provide a full range of SSA services for U.S. citizens residing outside of the United States.  Effective October 1, 2017, individuals residing in Bangladesh who require social security services or have questions about SSA benefits must contact the SSA Federal …

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Demonstrations in the Diplomatic Zone

In response to the recent developments regarding the Rohingya population in Myanmar, different political, socio-cultural, and religious organizations have announced plans to conduct demonstrations nationwide with a focus on the Baridhara/Gulshan Diplomatic Zone in Dhaka. Read the full message. (PDF 336KB) PDF Files Require the Free Adobe Acrobat Reader .

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Security Message: Ongoing police action in vicinity of Dhanmondi

Ongoing police activity with explosions and gunfire reported at Hotel Olio International where suspected militants have been discovered.  Avoid all travel to the Panthapath neighborhood of Dhaka City (Dhanmondi/Panthapath area) until the situation is resolved. Read the full message (PDF 332 KB) PDF Files Require the Free Adobe Acrobat Reader .

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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Tropical Cyclone Mora Warning for Bangladesh

The U.S. Embassy cautions U.S. citizens that a cyclone named ‘Mora’ is expected to strike Bangladesh, northeastern India and Myanmar.  The storm is expected to make landfall around Chittagong, Bangladesh late Monday night or Tuesday morning.  Local authorities have issued a warning for fishing boats and trawlers to take appropriate precautions. Expect extremely high winds, …

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Security Message: Public Celebrations on Bengali New Year

New Year celebrations on April 14, 2017 may disrupt movement in Dhaka and other parts of Bangladesh.  The Government of Bangladesh has issued a prohibition on celebrations after 5 p.m., more than one person riding on a motorcycle, and carrying backpacks.  The Department of State’s Bangladesh Travel Warning of January 5, 2017 is still in …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Consular Report of Birth application submission by Mail

Effective March 1, U.S. citizens who live in Bangladesh should submit their child’s Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA) application by mail.  A Consular Report of Birth (CRBA) is evidence of United States citizenship, issued to a child born abroad to a U.S. citizen parent or parents who meet the requirements for transmitting citizenship under …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S. Embassy Dhaka’s Official currency exchange rate changes

The consular exchange rate at U.S. Embassy Dhaka is now 80 BDT.  All consular services including visa fees, Consular Report of Birth Abroad applications, passport applications, and notaries will follow this new exchange rate. Read the full message (PDF 64 KB) PDF Files Require the Free Adobe Acroba t Reader .

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Town Hall Meeting in Dhaka with the Ambassador

The American Citizen Services (ACS) Section of the U.S. Embassy would like to invite U.S. Citizens to a Town Hall meeting to engage in a discussion on issues that affect American citizens in Bangladesh.  The Honorable Ambassador Marcia Stephens Bloom Bernicat and Consul General Elizabeth Gourlay will be present to respond to questions or concerns …

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Security Message: Strike or Hartal in Dhaka called for January 26, 2017

Anti-Rampal power plant campaigners have called an “eight hour” strike or hartal in Dhaka city on Thursday, January 26, to protest the construction of the Rampal power plant near the Sunderbans.  This “eight hour” hartal will begin at 6:00 a.m. and will end at 2:00 p.m. on the same day. Read the full message (PDF 72 KB) PDF Files …

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Security Message: Bishwa Ijtema Annual Gathering

Islam’s second-largest annual gathering after the Hajj, “Bishwa Ijtema,” will take place January 13-15 and January 20-22, 2017 on the banks of the Turag River in Tongi.  The main gathering point is about 3 km north of the International Airport.  The government expects between three to four million visitors to attend the Ijtema this year. …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Final Opportunities to Return Voted Ballots

Don’t wait – return your voted ballot right away!  Remember U.S. embassies and consulates are not polling places; same-day in-person voting is not available outside the United States.  The majority of states require voted ballots to reach local election officials by the close of polls on Tuesday, November 8.  U.S. citizens who want to participate …

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Security Message: 15th Anniversary of September 11th

The U.S. Embassy would like to remind U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Bangladesh that the terrorist threat remains real and credible. While there are no known specific threats to U.S. citizens or interests in Bangladesh, U.S. citizens should continue to be vigilant and take extra caution as we approach the anniversary of the …

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Security Message: Nationwide Strike or Hartal on Monday

Jamaat-e-Islami, an Islamist political group, has called for a nationwide 6:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. hartal on Monday, September 5 in reaction to the execution of one of its leaders. “Dawn-to-dusk” hartals almost always begin at 6:00 a.m. on the day they are called and generally end at 6:00 p.m. on the same day. Read the full message (PDF …

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Security Message: Nationwide Strike or Hartal on Wednesday

Jamaat-e-Islami, an Islamist political group, has called for a nationwide dawn-to-dusk hartal on Wednesday, August 31st in reaction to the death sentence announced today of of one of its leaders.  “Dawn-to-dusk” hartals almost always begin at 6:00 a.m. on the day they are called and generally end at 6:00 p.m. on the same day. Read the full message (PDF …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Town Hall Meeting in Dhaka with the Ambassador

The American Citizen Services (ACS) Section of the U.S. Embassy would like to invite the U.S. Citizens to a Town Hall Meeting to engage in a discussion on issues that affect American citizens in Bangladesh. The Honorable Ambassador Marcia Stephens Bloom Bernicat and Consul General Elizabeth Gourlay will be present to respond to questions or concerns …

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Security Message: Demonstration and Rally for July 27 and July 29

The Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) has called for a demonstration in all metropolitan cities of Bangladesh, including Dhaka, and all upazilla (sub-district) headquarters on Wednesday, July 27 to protest the conviction of its Senior VC Tarique Rahman in a money laundering case. Additionally, Hefazat-e-Islam has called for a rally on Friday, July 29, at the …

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Emergency Message

The hostage situation at Holey Bakery in Gulshan-2, Dhaka has ended. The U.S. Embassy recommends that all U.S. Citizens avoid the area around the restaurant (Road 79 in Gulshan-2) and remain vigilant in their movements and activities, inside the diplomatic enclave and anywhere else in Bangladesh. The U.S. Embassy reminds U.S. citizens that U.S. government …

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