US Embassy in Oman Issues Car Bomb Alert after Saudi Blasts
The US embassy in Oman has issued a security alert for American citizens in the Gulf Arab state following anti-British car bombings in neighboring Saudi Arabia.
"American citizens in Oman should avoid leaving their cars unattended if at all possible and keep their vehicles locked at all times," the embassy said.
"If you cannot avoid leaving your vehicle unattended, it is strongly advised that you conduct a thorough inspection ... If you detect any foreign objects or unfamiliar attachments in any place on, in or under the car, do not touch."
The embassy said "recent events in Saudi Arabia have reinforced the importance of maintaining a vigilant security posture at all times."
In the latest attack, a British employee of the US soft drinks giant Coca-Cola in the eastern Saudi city of Khobar was badly injured in the eyes and hand as an object placed on his car exploded on December 15.
Two similar bombings in Saudi Arabia last month, with devices placed under cars, killed one Briton and wounded three, since when the British and US governments have urged their citizens in the kingdom to take precautions with their cars.
Saudi authorities have made several arrests while pointing to possible criminal rather than political motives for the attacks, which come at a time of anti-western sentiment in the Arab world linked to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict -- MUSCAT (AFP)
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