The U.S. Embassy in Amman this week urged American citizens residing in the kingdom to increase their security awareness following recent information of possible plots to attack hotels. “This new message is in response to information that has come recently available to us,” Embassy Press Attache Justin Siberell told The Associated Press Friday.
Jordan said it was taking precautions to ensure safety in the country.
A warden’s message posted on the embassy Web site Wednesday said the U.S. government is seeing increasing indications that terrorists are preparing to strike U.S. interests abroad.
“We are sending this message to you at this time because the Embassy has become aware of information that, in mid-January 2004, unidentified terrorists were possibly planning attacks against hotels in Jordan, “the message said. “We have no information that U.S.-owned hotels were being targeted specifically.”
It advised Americans to maintain a high level of vigilance, to remain alert and to take appropriate steps to increase their security awareness.
Jordan’s government spokeswoman Asma Khader responded to the warden message in remarks published Friday by the country’s four daily newspapers.
“The national security is a fundamental issue and our security authorities are taking all precautionary measures to ensure the safety of the country,” she said. “Jordan is still a targeted country but it will remain steadfast against any attempt to affect its stability.”
The embassy warning came one day before terrorist attacks in Madrid, Spain, killed almost 200 people and wounded more than 1,400.