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Threats Prompt S. Arabia Embassy Closings

The United States, Britain and Germany temporarily closed their embassies and consulates in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday following warnings of “imminent” terror threats. A Saudi official said dozens of Muslim militants linked to al-Qaida are believed ready to volunteer for suicide bombings like the ones that targeted Westerners in Riyadh last week. The Bush administration, meanwhile, raised the national terror alert level to orange on Tuesday amid fears the wave of terrorist attacks overseas will spread to the United States. Saudi authorities said they were doing all they could to ward off violence and announced new arrests Tuesday. Saudi security officials said three suspected al-Qaida militants were arrested Monday in the southwestern port of Jiddah following the near-simultaneous May 12 attacks on the outskirts of Riyadh that killed 34 people, including eight Americans, two Britons and nine attackers. The security officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, gave no details on the arrests and it was unclear whether investigators believe the three men were connected to the May 12 suicide attacks, which officials have linked to Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaida terror network. Full Story

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