Britain closes embassy in Jordan because of terrorism danger

Foreign Ministry won't comment on whether there are specific threats against the Amman office.

Jordan blast 298.88 (photo credit: CNN)
Jordan blast 298.88
(photo credit: CNN)
Britain indefinitely closed its embassy in Jordan Saturday because of the danger of a terrorist attack, the Foreign Office said. A spokesman for the office would not comment on whether there had been a specific threat against the embassy in Amman, saying only that the closure was prompted by the security situation in Jordan. The Foreign Office also updated its advice for Britons visiting the Middle Eastern country to say that "terrorists may be in the final stages of planning attacks against Westerners and places frequented by Westerners." The Foreign Office did not warn against traveling to Jordan, but updated its advice to note that "there have been a number of successful and attempted terrorist attacks in Jordan since 2001." It specifically mentioned the hotel bombings that killed 60 people in Amman in November and said Jordanian security forces remained on alert. "If you are planning to travel to Jordan, you should take sensible precautions for your personal security arrangements throughout your visit," the advice warned. "Developments in the region could affect the security situation. The Foreign Office spokesman, speaking on condition of anonymity in line with government policy, said he did not know when the embassy would reopen.