The Associated Press
Thu Jan 30, 3:23 PM ET
BERLIN – The U.S. Embassy in Berlin closed its consular section Thursday after city police tightened security because of a warning of a possible terrorist attack against American and Israeli targets.
The consular section will remain closed Friday “because of security-related precautions,” a spokeswoman for the embassy said on customary condition of anonymity. She declined to give further details.
In Washington, State Department spokesman Richard Boucher said there had been additional closures as well.
“There are two facilities in Berlin, the America House and the consular section that we’ve had to close,” Boucher said.
He also said the U.S. Defense Liaison Office in Bonn had been closed to the public.
Police said Wednesday they tightened security at the U.S. and Israeli embassies in the German capital after receiving “general information about a concrete attack” from unidentified foreign intelligence services.
Extra security would remain in place while the threat is investigated, police said.
German officials have warned repeatedly that terrorists could strike here, with U.S. and Israeli interests considered likely targets. Security in the capital is also tight around the British Embassy.
German Interior Minister Otto Schily said last week that the threat from Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaida organization is “at least as high as it was before the Sept. 11 attacks.”
Three of the suicide hijackers in the 2001 attacks on the United States had lived in the German city of Hamburg.