UK, US embassies re-open in Bosnia
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina -- The U.S. and British embassies in Bosnia have re-opened after being closed for days due to security threats.
The U.S. embassy issued a brief statement saying the security situation had improved enough to justify re-opening the embassy, which shut down last Wednesday due to a "credible" security threat, The Associated Press reported.
The British embassy also thanked the Bosnian government for addressing the security risk, saying "we welcome the effective steps taken by Bosnia and Herzegovina authorities in overall efforts against terrorism."
Last week Bosnian police said they had arrested two Algerians for allegedly making threatening telephone calls to embassy staff.
The two suspects are under investigation by Bosnia's Supreme Court, responsible for handling terrorist activity in the country.
Bosnian Prime Minister Zlatko Lagumdzija said police have since detained five people in connection with the embassy threats, AP reported.
Lagumdzija said police were examining possible links to Saudi-born militant Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida organisation, prime suspect for September's terrorist attacks in the U.S.
He said a total of 20 people had been under police surveillance for the past month and that 10 had since been deported to their countries of origin, AP reported.
Some U.S. offices abroad closed for security
October 17, 2001
Government of Bosnia-Herzegovina
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