US Embassy warns employees to limit movements in Algiers amid terror alert

The US Embassy in Algiers ordered its employees to tightly restrict their movements and urged other Americans in Algeria to do the same, citing indications of possible terrorist attacks. Security concerns have been high in the Algerian capital since Dec. 11 suicide bombings targeted UN offices and a government building, killing at least 37 people, including 17 UN employees. An Algeria-based al-Qaida affiliate claimed responsibility for the attack. "In response to continuing indications of possible terrorist attacks in Algiers, the Embassy has instructed its employees to avoid nonessential movement around the city until further notice, and may occasionally restrict movement completely," the embassy said in a message Friday.