- Reviewed: 25 October 2013, 10:57 NZDT
- Still current at: 29 March 2020
There is an increased global risk of terrorism. No country is immune from a terrorist attack, and no person is immune from becoming a victim of an attack. Terrorists have little regard for civilian casualties and, in many cases, attacks are designed to maximise casualties.
Although New Zealand travellers are unlikely to be targeted deliberately, they are usually indistinguishable from any “Western” tourist, and frequent places where other Western tourists are found. This puts New Zealanders at the same risk as others.
Wherever you are, you should keep yourself informed about the latest alerts and stay aware of your surroundings in areas where large numbers of people congregate, such as shopping malls, markets, monuments, demonstrations and on any public transport.
Random and indiscriminate attacks in the Middle East demonstrate the continuing security threat throughout the region.
Al Qaeda is the most notorious group to have emerged out of the Middle East and spread its attacks globally. It is reported to have cells operating in a number of countries in the region, as evidenced by bombings in Saudi Arabia and elsewhere. Al Qaeda is also alleged to have close links with Jemaah Islamiyah and other Islamic terrorist groups.
Prominent among many other groups in the region are Hizbollah operating in southern Lebanon, and Hamas, which has been responsible for attacks in Israel, the West Bank and Gaza.
In recent years terrorist attacks have occurred in Amman, Jordan.
In Iraq, the situation remains hazardous and unpredictable.