US govt facilities reopen

2009-09-25 09:21

Johannesburg - US government facilities in South Africa reopened on Friday after they were closed due to a security threat this week, US embassy spokesperson Sharon Hudson-Dean said.

A credible security threat resulted in the closures since Tuesday but the South African government reassured foreign embassies that there was "no need to feel unsafe".

"We are open for business today (Friday) from 08:00," said Hudson-Dean.

She could not comment on details of the potential threat or what action was taken.

Foreign news agencies earlier this week reported that counterterrorism officials in the US had issued security bulletins to police. The Associated Press reported that one bulletin noted that an al-Qaeda training manual specifically lists "blasting and destroying the places of amusement, immorality, and sin... and attacking vital economic centers" as desired targets of the global terror network.