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Guinea: Underlying risk of kidnapping in Conakry

Unidentified armed men kidnap son of businessman in Conakry September 29; general kidnapping risk in the capital

TIMEFRAME expected from 10/5/2017, 12:00 AM until 10/7/2017, 11:59 PM (Africa/Conakry). COUNTRY/REGION Conakry

Event

Unidentified armed men kidnapped the son of a prominent businessman while he was at a restaurant in the Kipé district of the capital Conakry on September 29. The kidnappers have reportedly demanded a payment of USD 20,000 for his release. An investigation is currently ongoing to locate the assailants.

This case of kidnapping underscores the risk of abduction in the capital. A rise in kidnapping-for-ransom cases has been reported over the past two years in Guinea, especially in Conakry

Context

There is a high risk of criminal activity, often fueled by poverty, in Conakry and its suburbs. Armed robberies, violent carjackings, and burglaries are not uncommon, including in residential areas.

Advice

Individuals present in Conakry are advised to keep a low profile and to remain alert for suspicious behavior and signs of surveillance. If you notice something suspicious, move immediately to safety and report the incident or situation.

On a more general note, due to high crime rates, individuals present in Guinea are advised to remain vigilant. Be particularly cautious remote highways and in secluded neighborhoods due to the risk of criminal activity (notably carjacking). Be aware that criminals may be armed; do not resist if confronted, and do not look your attacker(s) directly in the eye.

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