The U.S. Embassy in Yemen has warned Americans to reduce their profile because the country is experiencing "previously unseen" terrorist actions. In a message dated Monday to Americans living in Yemen, the embassy said the terrorist threat was not temporary.
It urged Americans to avoid large groups of Westerners, vary their travel routes and times to and from work and limit travel within the capital, Sana'a. "We are now experiencing terrorist actions previously unseen in Yemen," read the message, which also reminded Americans that there is an "active" al-Qaeda presence in Yemen and Western interests "may continue to be targeted."
This came as Yemeni security forces said Wednesday they had killed four wanted Al-Qaeda militants, including the alleged mastermind of a suicide bombing that killed eight Spanish tourists last month.