Security Alert – U. S. Consulate Durban, South Africa (July 6, 2018)

Security Alert – U. S. Consulate Durban, South Africa (July 6, 2018)

Location: Durban, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

Event: Two security incidents took place at Woolworths stores in the Durban area on July 5, 2018. A fire occurred at the Woolworths in the Pavilion Shopping Center in Westville at 1:30 am. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time. At approximately 12:15 pm, an improvised explosive device was found at Woolworths in the Gateway Shopping Center in Umhlanga.  Shoppers were subsequently evacuated.  No injuries or deaths were reported in either case, and it is unknown at this time if the two security incidents are related. U.S. government personnel are advised to exercise caution in public spaces in the Durban area at this time.

Actions to Take:

  • Exercise caution in public areas.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Monitor local media for updates.

Assistance: