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U.S. closes part of Manila embassy

Threat forces temporary closure of building to public

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(CNN) -- The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines capital of Manila said Tuesday it was closing temporarily to the public due to "plausible threat information."

The embassy did not provide further information about the nature of the threat.

"The American Embassy in Manila would like to alert all Philippine and American citizens that due to plausible threat information, U.S. public services at the U.S. Embassy in Manila will be temporarily closed to the public on December 6, 2005," the embassy said in a statement.

"The U.S. Embassy will resume all public operations, including visa operations, when deemed appropriate."

Emergency services to Americans in the country would remain available, the statement said.

The Philippines government, which has been battling radical Muslim rebel groups, has been a staunch U.S. ally in its war on terror.

The U.S. State Department in March issued a "travel warning" for the Philippines, saying terrorist groups -- including Islamic groups Jemaah Islamiyah and Abu Sayyaf -- were planning attacks across the country.

Tuesday's statement said Americans were "urged to observe vigilant personal security precautions, and to remain aware of the continued potential for terrorist attacks."

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