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U.S. Embassies Shut in Ghana, Togo

August 31, 1998

ACCRA, Ghana (AP) _ The United States closed its embassies in the West African nations of Ghana and Togo today because of security threats, officials said.

No detailed reasons were given for the closings.

``In response to the threat, the U.S. embassy and all other official installations will be closed from Monday, Aug. 31, until further notice, for all but emergency services,″ the U.S. Embassy in Accra, Ghana’s capital, said today in a statement.

It also advised the public to steer clear of official American facilities in Ghana unless absolutely necessary.

In Togo, a small country that borders Ghana to the east, a U.S. Marine guard confirmed that the embassy had been closed for security reasons, but declined to elaborate.

Security had already been tightened following the Aug. 7 bombings of U.S. embassies in Nairobi, Kenya, and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, which killed 258 people, including 12 Americans. More than 5,500 people were injured.

The Accra embassy was closed for three days earlier this month after a bomb threat, but reopened Aug. 17.

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