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U.S. Embassy in Mozambique Reopens

July 30, 1999

WASHINGTON (AP) _ The U.S. Embassy in Mozambique reopened Friday after being shut down since July 19 for security reasons.

State Department spokesman Philip Reeker said the decision to reopen was made after additional security measures were implemented. He offered no further details.

The embassy was closed after receiving a threat. An embassy statement at the time said the closure was ordered to ``prevent injuries or loss of life.″

In June, the State Department shut down embassies in Gambia, Togo, Liberia, Namibia, Senegal and Madagascar over security concerns. All six reopened with enhanced security.

The State Department has warned that a group it believes is led by Osama bin Laden, a Saudi exile suspected of masterminding and financing the Aug. 7 bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, may be preparing to strike again.

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