Kuwait terror threat halts British embassy services

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  • British embassy services in Kuwait are temporarily suspended
  • British businesses are also urged to review their security procedures
Britain has temporarily suspended embassy services in Kuwait because of a heightened terror threat, the U.K. Foreign Office said Thursday.
British businesses and organizations should also be on their guard, although the embassy itself is the target of the threat, the Foreign Office said.
"We are aware of an increased terrorist threat against the British Embassy in Kuwait. We have therefore taken the precaution of temporarily suspending Embassy services," a spokeswoman told CNN.
"We cannot rule out the threat against other British interests in Kuwait, and have therefore urged British businesses and organizations to review their own security procedures."
A statement on the Foreign Office website said: "There is a general threat from terrorism in Kuwait. Terrorists continue to issue statements threatening to carry out attacks in the Gulf region. These include references to attacks on Western interests including European interests, including residential compounds, military, oil, transport and aviation interests."
The tiny Persian Gulf nation, which borders Iraq and Saudi Arabia, is a U.S. ally.