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'Stay away from Saudi Arabia'

October 28, 2003 23:12 IST

US citizens have been warned to stay away from Saudi Arabia because of fears of an imminent terrorist attack, says ITV, which quoted officials in Washington as saying they had 'credible data' on a planned attack against Western aviation interests in the Arab state.

They told all US citizens to defer any non-essential travel to the country. The US embassy in Riyadh had earlier warned its nationals of possible attacks during the holy Muslim month of Ramzan in the kingdom.

"There is credible information that terrorists have targeted Western aviation interests in Saudi Arabia. The Department of State warns US citizens to defer nonessential travel to Saudi Arabia. Americans are reminded of the potential for further terrorist actions against US citizens abroad, including in the Persian Gulf region," it said.

The US warning follows a similar advisory issued by the Foreign Office to British citizens last week.

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