Bomb scare shuts US embassy

The US embassy in Kuala Lumpur has been closed due to a security threat, according to a spokeswoman in the Malaysian capital.

    Many embassies in Malaysia were involved in a security scare

    "We got some information indicating there was a threat to the embassy and decided to close at 11.40 (0340 GMT) this morning," Kathryn Taylor said on Friday.

     

    She refused to give more details. "I'm afraid I can't be more specific."

       

    Taylor said the embassy would remain closed at least until Tuesday because Monday is a public holiday in the United States. "We'll reassess on Monday whether to open on Tuesday," she said.

       

    The US embassy was closed briefly in September 2004 after a white powder was discovered in a mailed envelope. The powder was later found to be non-toxic.

       

    In October this year, suspicious packages containing a yellow, oily liquid - and in one case a powder - were delivered to about a dozen embassies, including the US, British, French, German, Australian, Canadian and Russian missions.

       

    Analysts said the packages, which included a message condemning the countries for mistreating Muslims, were probably sent by scaremongers with no serious ties to well-known terrorist groups. 

    SOURCE: Reuters


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