US embassy warns of possible Saudi extremist attack

The timing and method of potential attacks are not known, US embassy said.
ATTACK WARNING: The US has warned its citizens in Saudi Arabia of a credible attack threat on Western nationals in al Qassim province. (Getty Images)
By Bloomberg
Sun 08 Aug 2010 02:09 AM

The US warned its citizens in Saudi Arabia it has credible information that unidentified extremists may be planning to attack Western nationals in al Qassim province north of Riyadh.

US citizens should “exercise prudence and enhanced security awareness at all times,” the US Embassy in Riyadh said in a Warden Message on its website dated Aug 4.

The timing and method of potential attacks aren’t known, according to the statement.

Saudi Arabia, the world’s biggest oil supplier, faces risks from al Qaeda militants in the kingdom and across the border in Yemen.

Al Qaeda threatened in June to abduct Saudi princes, ministers and Christian residents of Saudi Arabia.

The embassy warning advised people to vary routes and times to and from work and for shopping, avoid large crowds, identify safe locations such as police stations, keep colleagues and neighbors informed of their whereabouts, and carry mobile phones with emergency numbers at all times. (Bloomberg)

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