NAIROBI, Kenya – The British Embassy in Kenya has been closed until further notice because of a "specific threat," a spokesman said Wednesday.
"I can confirm that we have received a specific threat against the High Commission, and therefore we have decided to close until further notice," said Mark Norton, press and public affairs officer at the embassy.
He said he could not elaborate on the nature of the threat to the structure located in the Upper Hill neighborhood just outside the central business district of the Kenyan capital.
The closure comes a week after twin terror attacks on Israeli targets on Kenya's Indian Ocean coast took the lives of 10 Kenyans, three Israelis and at least two suicide bombers.
In August 1998, a car bomb exploded at the U.S. Embassy in downtown Nairobi, killing 219 people — including 12 Americans, and injuring 5,000 others.
Usama bin Laden's Al Qaeda network has been blamed for that attack. On Wednesday, President Bush blamed Al Qaeda for last week's attacks in Kenya.