Fears of Al-Qaeda terror threat keeps US missions closed
WASHINGTON (AFP) - US missions across the Middle East and Africa will be closed until at least Saturday for fear that Al-Qaeda will launch an attack to mark the end of Ramadan.
The State Department, acting "out of an abundance of caution," said 19 diplomatic outposts would remain shut.
Several US allies, including Britain, France, Germany and Norway also announced closures of some of their missions in the region.
Ramadan, the Muslim holy month of fasting and prayer, is due to come to an end at the weekend with the Eid al-Fitr festival.