UK: 'Specific Threat' in Somaliland
Urges Westerners to immediately evacuate
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 27, 2013 8:59 AM CST
In this 2011 file photo, a prison guard stands near the wall of a prison in Berbera, Somaliland. Britain is asking all citizens to leave the area, citing a specific threat.   (AP Photo/ Katharine Houreld)

(Newser) – British diplomats say that there is a specific threat to Westerners in the Somaliland region of Somalia and have urged any British citizens in the area to leave immediately. In a statement emailed to reporters today, the British Foreign Office did not go into any further detail but noted that "kidnapping for financial or political gain, motivated by criminality or terrorism" was a threat throughout the country. The new warning comes only days after Western governments urged their citizens in the Libyan city of Benghazi to leave in response to what was described as an imminent threat to Westerners.

"We are now aware of a specific threat to Westerners in Somaliland, and urge any British nationals who remain there against our advice to leave immediately," reads the statement, according to Reuters.