Americans Warned of Aircraft Threat in Algeria

Mar 13, 2007 11:56am

A warning has gone out to Americans in Algeria that extremists may be planning to conduct a terrorist attack against a commercial aircraft there. The U.S. Embassy in Algeria put out a warning to American citizens there yesterday. Today, U.S. State Department deputy spokesman Tom Casey said the threat was exclusively against airline carriers in Algeria and there was no indication of any other targets. Casey said the U.S. is obliged to disseminate any information it has regarding threats to ensure the safety and awareness of Americans abroad. Casey added there was no information which group might be behind a potential attack. Click Here for Full Blotter Coverage. The embassy said that there is no specific information about the carrier or timing of the attack. According to a senior State Department official, the intelligence that led to the warden message being issued was "non-specific" and "vague." An Islamic terrorist group has already claimed responsibility for several attacks on foreigners in recent months. The group, Al Qaeda in Islamic North Africa, attacked a bus carrying foreign oil workers last December near the capital of Algiers, killing two people. The group also claimed responsibility for the bombing of a bus on March 3 that killed a Russian and three Algerian workers as well as a series of deadly bombings that killed six people in February. Fighting between Islamic extremist factions and the government led to the death of over 100,000 people in the 1990s, according to a report by the non-partisan International Crisis Group although violence had greatly reduced in recent years. Read the full statement below: WARDEN MESSAGE
12 March 2007
Embassy of the United States of America
4 Chemin Cheikh Bachir El-Ibrahimi
16030 Algiers, Algeria
Tel: +213 (0) 21 69 12 55
ConsularAlgiers@state.gov There is information that extremists may be planning to conduct an attack against a commercial aircraft carrying Western workers in Algeria. At this time, there is no additional information available as to the specific carrier or the timing of this attack. Algeria remains under a Travel Warning: http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/tw/tw_929.html. American citizens in or traveling to Algeria are also urged to register with the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Algiers. Americans can obtain updated information on travel and security in Algeria at the Consular Section or on our travel registration Web site at https://travelregistration.state.gov/ibrs/. For the latest security information, Americans living and traveling abroad should regularly monitor the Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs Internet Web site at http://travel.state.gov/, where the current Worldwide Caution Public Announcement, Algeria Consular Information Sheet and other Public Announcements and Travel Warnings can be found. Up-to-date information on security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll free in the U.S. and Canada; or, for callers outside the U.S. and Canada, a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 8:00 am to 8:00 p.m., Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays). The Embassy is located at 4 Chemin Cheikh Bachir El-Ibrahimi, B.P. 408 (Alger-Gare) 16000, in the capital city of Algiers. The Embassy can be reached at telephone [213] (21) 691-425; [213] (21) 691-186; or fax [213] (21) 693-979. U.S. citizens who require emergency services may telephone the Embassy at [213](21) 691-255. This post has been updated.

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