U.S. Embassy issues security alert for Gabon

An email sent from the U.S. Embassy in Libreville, dated April 24, 2015, contains this warning to American nationals who may be in Gabon:

The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens in Gabon of the possibility for large crowds and police presence near the Leon Mba International Airport and other areas around Libreville on Tuesday, 28 April 2015 in connection with the arrival of Andre Mba Obame’s casket and the subsequent memorial services. U.S. citizens are urged to avoid any area with large crowds and to exercise caution within the vicinity of any political rallies or demonstrations. We remind U.S. citizens that even events intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. U.S. Embassy Libreville will update U.S. citizens as we receive more details concerning times and locations of events.

Review your personal security plans; remain aware of your surroundings, including local events; and monitor local news stations for updates. Maintain a high level of vigilance, take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security, and follow local authorities’ instructions.

The subject line of the email message was “Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Memorial Services for Andre Mba Obame.”