Germany closes Kabul embassy over security fears

AP News
Posted: Oct 18, 2013 11:21 AM

BERLIN (AP) — German officials say the country has temporarily closed its embassy in the Afghan capital due to fears of a possible attack.

Defense Minister Thomas de Maiziere said Friday there were indications of plans for an attack and that "precautionary measures are being taken," the news agency dpa reported. He didn't give details.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Martin Schaefer said the embassy in Kabul is currently closed but he couldn't go into greater detail "for security reasons." It wasn't immediately clear when the embassy would reopen for business.

Germany is one of the biggest contributors to the international security force in Afghanistan. It currently has some 3,860 soldiers there, stationed largely in the north of the country.