Americans in Yemen advised precaution

Aug. 26, 2005 at 9:55 AM
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SANAA, Yemen, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- The U.S. embassy in Yemen Friday cautioned Americans to take extra precautions against possible attacks.

The warning was made after a Yemeni cleric was sentenced to prison in the United States.

The Daily al-Rai quoted a U.S. diplomatic source as saying U.S. citizens working in oil prospecting and excavation fields in remote areas are particularly vulnerable.

The source said the United States fears reprisals on its citizens after a Brooklyn court sentenced Sheik Mohammed Moayed, an extremist Yemeni cleric, to 75 years in prison for financing terrorism and backing terrorist groups.

Moayed was lured into the United States through Germany with the help of CIA agents and arrested. His trial sparked popular and official protests in Yemen, which sought his extradition.

U.S. sources said Americans in Yemen were advised to reduce their movements, refrain from traveling to remote areas and avoid public places. Also U.S. tourists were advised to stay away from Yemen.

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