Security Alert – U.S. Embassy, Nouakchott, Mauritania

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy, Nouakchott, Mauritania (May 9, 2018)


Location:  Nouakchott, Mauritania


Event:  Dangerous late night/early morning high-speed vehicle racing has been reported between the Nouadhibou Road/Al Quods traffic circle, next to the U.S. Embassy, up Nouadhibou Road and to Nouakchott International Airport.  These races typically take place between 22:00 and 05:00 hours and involve a game of high-speed “chicken” where racers avoid taking their foot off the gas pedal.  Two teenagers recently died in these races.  


Actions to take: 


·       Limit nighttime driving, when possible, and use extreme caution when driving between 22:00 and 05:00 hours, particularly along Nouadhibou Road 

·       Be aware of your surroundings

·       Review your personal security plans



·       U.S. Embassy Nouakchott, Mauritania

o   +222 4525-2660

o   +222 3662-8163 (after hours)



·       State Department – Consular Affairs

o   888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444


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