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U.S. Caracas Embassy to Shut Thursday After Threat

The U.S. Embassy in Venezuela said on Wednesday it would close for one day on Thursday because of a security threat received after bomb blasts at two other foreign diplomatic buildings in Caracas. “The U.S. Embassy in Caracas has received a credible threat to its security and will be closed to the public on Thursday, February 27, 2003,” the embassy said in a statement. “We received sufficiently reliable information of a possible attack so we decided to close for the day,” embassy press counselor Phillip Parkerson told reporters. The mission was expected to reopen Friday, he added. Embassy officials declined to give further details or say whether the threat was related to powerful bomb attacks that badly damaged the Spanish Embassy cooperation office and the Colombian consulate in Caracas early on Tuesday. The explosions injured five people less than 48 hours after leftist Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez sharply accused Spain, Colombia and the United States Sunday of meddling in his country’s political crisis. In Washington, U.S. ambassador to the Organization of American States Roger Noriega repeated U.S. condemnation of the bomb attacks. But he also questioned the Chavez government’s commitment to honoring a non-violence agreement it had signed with political opponents last week. Full Story

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