US Warns Nationals in Jordan of Terrorist Threat

Published June 22nd, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

The United States beefed up security around its embassy in Jordan on Thursday to guard against what it said was a terrorist threat and advised US nationals to take extra precautions, reported Reuters the same day.  

"The United States government has information concerning terrorist targeting of the U.S embassy in Amman," said a message posted on the embassy web site, monitored in Amman. 

The statement said that although it appeared only the embassy was targeted, "the full dimensions of the threat are not known" and it could not rule out the possibility "that terrorists may also plan to target other venues in Jordan". 

"American citizens should avoid large crowds and gatherings, keep a low profile and vary routes and times of all required travel," it said. 

However, Jordanian Information Minister, Taleb Rifai, told AFP there was nothing to fear. 

"We have seen similar situations in the past," he said. 

"While we know the kind of procedures that the embassy has to go through, as far as we are concerned we don't find it necessary. We are fully confident that we are able to deal with any possible situation." 

The embassy issued a similar warning in December after Jordan arrested 28, said to be linked to terrorism suspect, Osama bin Laden, on charges of planning attacks against US and tourist targets in the kingdom, according to the agency - (Several Sources) 

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