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On March 18, 2009, a South Korean motorcade was attacked by a suicide bomber near Sana'a International Airport. On March 15, 2009, four South Korean tourists were killed in a suicide bomb attack in the city of Shibam in southern Hadramout province. On September 17, 2008, armed terrorists attacked the U.S. embassy in Sana'a, Yemen. A number of explosions occurred in the vicinity of the Embassy's main gate. Several Yemeni security personnel and one embassy security guard were killed, as were a few individuals waiting to gain entry to the embassy, one of whom was a U.S. citizen. On January 17, 2008, suspected al-Qa'ida operatives ambushed a tourist convoy in the eastern Hadramout Governorate, killing two Belgians, according to the state department's Web site.

Georgia. Travel warning updated: April 09, 2009

American citizens are urged not to travel to the regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia where secessionist groups carry out violent attacks, according to worldtravelguide.net. The potential for gunfire exists, as well as an increased risk of crime, and ongoing violence in these and areas adjacent to these regions.

Unexploded landmines continue to pose risks in the areas where fighting took place in August 2008, including around the city of Gori in the direction of the administrative boundary with South Ossetia. Travel in some parts of western Georgia remains unpredictable. Demonstrations can occur without notice and even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and possibly escalate into violence, according to the state department's Web site.

Sudan. Travel warning updated: April 08, 2009

American citizens should defer all travel to Sudan due to uncertain security conditions and the possibility of violence and harassment targeting westerners, said the state department Web site.

Recent protests have featured sharp anti-western rhetoric. There is a continuing possibility that ongoing protests may encourage violent action against Europeans and Americans.

Westerners have been victims of kidnappings, carjackings and armed robberies while traveling in Sudan. There have also been several incidents of hostage taking of European NGO workers and Chinese oil workers over the last year, as well as a hijacking of a domestic airline flight, according to the state department.

In March 2009, the government of Sudan expelled numerous aid groups from the country, calling humanitarian aid workers "spies." Officials from the Sudan Humanitarian Affairs Commission seized the finances and assets of many of these organizations, as well as personal property of aid workers including passports and laptop computers, reported the state department.

On January 1, 2008, two American Embassy employees were assassinated while traveling in their vehicle in Khartoum. In May 2008, the city of Omdurman, adjacent to Khartoum, was attacked by armed militias, said the state department.

The Department of State continues to warn U.S. citizens against all travel to Sudan, particularly in the Darfur area, where violence between Sudanese government forces and various armed militias continues.

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