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Embassy in Egypt Warns Americans

January 5, 1999

CAIRO, Egypt (AP) _ The U.S. Embassy warned Americans on Tuesday to take security precautions in Egypt because of threats from ``extremist elements.″

An embassy statement said it had ``received reliable information that extremist elements may be planning imminent, unspecified attacks against U.S. interests in Egypt.″

It urged Americans ``to remain vigilant and take appropriate steps to increase their security awareness.″

Tanya Anderson, an embassy spokeswoman, said she had no specific information about who issued the threats or when. The embassy appeared to be functioning normally Tuesday.

The embassy statement urged Americans _ and companies that do business with Americans _ to maintain a low profile and vary the routes they use. It also urged them to ``treat mail from unfamiliar sources with suspicion.″

Muslim extremists launched a campaign of violence in the spring of 1992 to try to overthrow Egypt’s secular government and replace it with strict Islamic rule. The radicals’ targets have included Egyptian government officials and police, banks and foreign tourists.

The Egyptian government has responded with heightened security and the detention of scores of suspected extremists.

Security at most American embassies has been tightened since the Aug. 7 bombings of embassies in East Africa that killed 224 people, including 12 Americans.

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