US Embassy in DRC warns of "possible terrorist threat" against US facilities

South African soldiers from the UN Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo set up a mortar position October 7 in Oicha.

(CNN)The US Embassy in the Democratic Republic of Congo's capital said Saturday it has received "credible and specific information of a possible terrorist threat" against US facilities in Kinshasa.

"US citizens in Kinshasa and throughout the DRC are strongly encouraged to maintain a heightened level of vigilance and practice good situational awareness," said the embassy. "Keep a low profile and notify friends and family of your safety."
The embassy will be closed to the public Monday because of the threat.
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