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Britain closes Jordan Embassy, fears attacks

Visitors have been advised to take precautions, while the embassy has been closed until further notice.

world Updated: Jan 07, 2006 20:39 IST

The British Embassy in Jordan was closed down on Saturday due to fears of attacks on Westerners, a foreign official said.

"Terrorists may be in the final stages of planning attacks against Westerners and places frequented by Westerners could be likely targets," the official web site of the officesaid. "The British Embassy in Amman will be closed until further notice due to the security situation."

A spokesman at the Foreign Office said that its advice to British travellers to Jordan remains unchanged, but there was sufficient reason to close the mission temporarily.

Britons visiting Jordan are advised totake precautions to ensure their personal safety and be aware that there could be developments that may affect the security situation.

Visitors have also beenwarned to take extra care when using Jordanian service taxis to go to neighbouring countries.

"We can't comment on any intelligence we may have or the specific nature of the threat," he said.

About 51,000 British nationals visited Jordan in 2004, mainly as tourists, and most visits were trouble-free.

First Published: Jan 07, 2006 20:39 IST