WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department is warning American citizens against all travel to Chad and advising those in the African nation to leave as soon as possible because of security concerns.
In a statement issued Friday night, the State Department says it has authorized the voluntary departure of dependents of U.S. government personnel and of nonemergency personnel from Chad's capital, N'Djamena. The American Embassy has been closed for security reasons since Wednesday.
The State Department is advising that all U.S. citizens be ready to implement personal evacuation or safe-haven plans on short notice. Officials say robberies, carjackings at gunpoint and murder have been reported throughout the country.
Chad has been fighting the extremist group Boko Haram for months. This summer a series of suicide attacks in the capital killed dozens of people.