US missions in Saudi Arabia halt services over security

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Posted: Mar 15, 2015 1:57 AM

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — The U.S. Embassy in Riyadh and two other diplomatic missions in Saudi Arabia are cancelling all consular services for two days over security fears.

The Embassy says it and missions in Jiddah and Dhahran will provide no consular services Sunday and Monday due to "heightened security concerns." It did not elaborate.

The move follows a warning by the embassy Friday citing information about a threat by militants to kidnap Western oil workers, including Americans, from oil fields in the kingdom's Eastern province.

From 2003 to 2007, al-Qaida-linked militants carried out attacks in Saudi Arabia aimed at destabilizing the Western-allied monarchy, including deadly bombings of residential compounds housing foreigners in Riyadh in 2003. The kingdom now is taking part in the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State group.