US Embassy in Algiers on Terror Alert

Americans warned to restrict movements
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Jan 20, 2008 7:29 AM CST
In this photo provided by the United Nations, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon tours the destruction caused by the bombing at the UN Headquarters complex in Algiers, Algeria, Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2007....   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – US Embassy officials have warned employees in Algiers to take increased security measures to guard against the heightened risk of terror attacks, Reuters reports. It was the second warning since double bombings in the city two months ago that were claimed by al-Qaeda. All Americans were urged to limit their movements around the country to avoid danger.

As many as 1,000 Americans live in Algeria. Many of them work in oil and gas fields in the Saharan south. At least 41 people were killed in the twin bomb attacks, including one at a United Nations building. Earlier this month, three people were killed 30 miles east of Algiers when a suicide bomber drove his car into a police building.