British embassy in Kuwait suspends services over threat

20th October 2011, Comments 0 comments

The British embassy in the Gulf state of Kuwait has temporarily suspended services because of an increased threat toward the mission, a statement on the embassy website said Thursday.

"As of 19 October 2011, because of an increased threat toward the British embassy, we have temporarily suspended British embassy services," the statement said.

In an update to the "terrorism section" of its travel advice, the embassy also advised British organisations and businesses to review their security measures, although it said that the threat was targeted at the mission itself.

"Whilst the threat is targeted against the embassy itself, we cannot rule out threats against other British interests in Kuwait. We therefore advise that British organisations and businesses in Kuwait review the security procedures they have in place," it said.

The embassy was closed Thursday, a working day in Kuwait, according to a recorded phone message.

© 2011 AFP

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