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 effect and the terrorist threat remains credible.  There is an ongoing potential for extremist violence in Bangladesh. U.S. citizens are encouraged to review the Bangladesh Travel Warning.  Be aware of immediate surroundings and avoid large crowds or crowded places, especially where Westerners are known to frequent.

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