U.S. Embassy in Saudi Arabia says Westerners may be targeted

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  • No reason for U.S. citizens to leave Saudi Arabia as a result of the message, official says
  • The embassy says the abductions may take place in Riyadh
  • It issues the warning in an emergency message
The U.S. Embassy in Saudi Arabia said Wednesday that it has received information that a terrorist group may be planning to abduct Westerners in Riyadh.
The embassy passed along the notice in an emergency message for U.S. citizens.
"The U.S. Embassy in Riyadh reminds all U.S. citizens to exercise prudence and enhanced security awareness at all times," it said.
"We deemed the information to be credible, or would not have issued the emergency message," Deputy State Department spokesman Mark Toner said.
He would not comment on specific intelligence, but said there was no reason for U.S. citizens to leave Saudi Arabia as a result of the message.