US Embassy in Yemen Remains Closed Under Terror Threat

US Embassy in Yemen Remains Closed Under Terror Threat
# 13 August 2013 00:08 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. The United States embassy in Yemen remained closed Monday due to ongoing concerns about a possible terror attack, according to US media reports, APA reports quoting RIA novosti.

The Yemen facility and 18 other US embassies in the Middle East and Africa were closed last week after a message between two high-level al-Qaida leaders about an attack was intercepted. All of the other embassies re-opened over the weekend, according to The New York Times.

“Our embassy in Sana’a, Yemen will remain closed because of ongoing concerns about a threat stream indicating the potential for terrorist attacks emanating from al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula,” the US State Department said in a statement.

Such attacks, it said, could include “suicide operations, assassinations, kidnappings, hijackings, and bombings,” and possible targets include “high-profile sporting events, residential areas, business offices, hotels, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, schools, public areas, and other tourist destinations both in the United States and abroad.”

Yemen remains a hotbed of violence in the war on terror, with as many as nine US drone attacks that have killed several dozen suspected al-Qaida militants since the end of July, according to unnamed senior US intelligence officials quoted in The New York Times and other media outlets.

On Sunday, suspected al-Qaida gunmen killed five Yemeni soldiers guarding a natural gas facility in a southern province of Yemen, Reuters reported.

Meanwhile, the leader of Yemen’s al-Qaida affiliate and a onetime aide to Osama bin Laden posted a message on Monday promising to free militant prisoners and urging terrorists in jail to stay faithful to jihad, the Associated Press reported.

"Victory is imminent" wrote Nasser al-Wahishi on a website commonly used by the militants, adding, “rejoice... as your brothers are pounding the walls of injustice and demolishing the thrones of oppression."

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