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U.S. issues 'worldwide caution'

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Two days before the anniversary of the September 11 attacks, the State Department issued a worldwide caution Monday urging American citizens to be vigilant around the date because of "a continuing threat of terrorist actions."

"The U.S. government has continued to receive credible indications that extremist groups and individuals are planning additional terrorist actions against U.S. interests," the caution read. "Such actions may be imminent and include suicide operations."

The State Department noted that terrorist groups do not distinguish between official and civilian targets.

It said that as security is increased at official U.S. facilities, terrorists and their sympathizers will seek "softer targets" such as restaurants, schools, places of worship and outdoor events.

"Americans should increase their security awareness when they are at such locations, avoid them, or switch to other locations where Americans in large numbers generally do not congregate," it said. "American citizens may be targeted for kidnapping or assassination."

It urged American citizens to monitor local news and maintain contact with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.

More information from the State Department is available online or by phone at 202 647-5225.

Earlier Monday, the State Department closed its embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia, and its consulate in the eastern Indonesian city of Surabaya, citing a "credible terrorist threat." Those facilities will remain closed "until further notice," said State Department spokesman Richard Boucher.




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