State Department Warning in Uzbekistan

by Laurence on 11/5/2004 · 1 comment

From Yahoo! News :

The State Department said Thursday it has information that terrorist groups may be planning attacks against U.S. interests in the country, in Central Asia north of Afghanistan. The public announcement updates one issued in August.

Americans in Uzbekistan should exercise extreme caution, avoiding large crowds, celebrations and places where Westerners generally gather, the department said.

Three suicide bombings took place in July in Tashkent, the capital, and other attacks occurred in Tashkent and Bukhara in March and April. The bombers focused on police and private and commercial facilities.

The government got information early last year indicating that terrorists were planning attacks against Uzbekistan hotels frequented by Westerners and against foreign embassies and other organizations, facilities and institutions of foreign interest.

The department said supporters of extremist groups such as the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, al-Qaida, the Islamic Jihad Group and the Eastern Turkistan Islamic Movement remain active in the region. These groups have expressed anti-U.S. sentiments and may target U.S. government or private interests in Uzbekistan.

U.S. citizens should report any unusual activity to local authorities and then inform the U.S. embassy in Tashkent, the department said.

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