Vigilance urged over threat to American schools in Mideast

A general view of the US embassy in Riyadh on June 21, 2005US embassies in the Gulf and Egypt are calling for vigilance after a post on a jihadist website encouraged attacks on American and other international schools there, specifically teachers. The warnings have been issued by missions in Egypt, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. The US embassy in Riyadh said the anonymous jihadist post specifically mentioned schools in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and Maadi, an upmarket suburb of Cairo, saying the two cities have a “high concentration of potential targets”. A similar message was issued by the embassy in Cairo, which said it was “working with local schools identified with the United States or that have high concentrations of American teachers or students to review and enhance their security posture”.

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