UK Closes Its Cairo Embassy Over Security Fears


Egyptian officials have increased security around the British Embassy in Cairo, Egypt, which was closed to the public because of security fears. Other Western governments has also warned their citizens of heightened danger in the Egyptian capital. AP reports:

Britain’s Foreign Office said public services were suspended and people shouldn’t come to the embassy building. It gave no details of the threat and didn’t indicate when the embassy would reopen.

An Egyptian security official said the embassy had contacted the Interior Ministry, which is in charge of police, to request “stepped up security” around its premises, but that it did not elaborate on its security concerns.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to speak to the media.

Egypt has seen a surge in bombing blamed on Islamic militants fighting the government of President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi.

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