Terror threat closes UK embassy in Kuwait

AP News
Posted: Oct 20, 2011 6:25 AM
Terror threat closes UK embassy in Kuwait

Britain's government said Thursday a targeted terrorist threat has forced it to suspend services at its embassy in Kuwait.

The Foreign Office said the action was precautionary. It said it cannot rule out a threat against other British interests in Kuwait and has urged British businesses and organizations to review their own security procedures.

It would not comment on the nature of the threat or how long services are expected to be affected.

The move comes ahead of a planned visit to the Gulf nation by Prince Charles at the end of the month.

A spokeswoman for his office said the palace is reviewing the security situation and taking advice from the Foreign Office. She spoke on condition of anonymity, in line with palace policy.

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The spokeswoman would not say if the visit would be canceled.

The U.S. Embassy in Kuwait said there was no change in its operations or "security posture."

Britain's Foreign Office does not advise any travel restrictions for Kuwait, but warns on its website that there is a "general threat from terrorism" there.


Associated Press writer Brian Murphy contributed to this report.