The U.S. Embassy in Malaysia closed indefinitely Friday following an unspecified security threat.

Embassy spokeswoman Kathryn Taylor said the threat was specific to the embassy and "not to American interests in Malaysia in general."

Taylor declined to elaborate but said the embassy hoped to reopen on Tuesday.

The embassy had been scheduled to close from Saturday through Monday over the New Year holiday.

Azman Hassan, police chief of Kuala Lumpur's Cheras district, said the threat only affects the U.S. embassy and no other embassies were closed. He also declined to give details of the threat.

Malaysia is largely a moderate Muslim nation but it has a history of militant Islamic activity.