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US Embassy in Saudi Arabia warns of terror plot

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September 28, 2011 03:16 PM EST | AP


RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — The U.S. Embassy in Saudi Arabia is warning American citizens that a terrorist group may be planning to kidnap Westerners in the Saudi capital of Riyadh.

The embassy on Wednesday urged Americans in the kingdom to "exercise prudence and enhanced security awareness at all times." No further details of the possible plot were given.

Saudi Arabia has waged a heavy crackdown on Islamist militants since al-Qaida's Saudi branch launched a wave of attacks in the country in 2003, including suicide bombings and shootings that killed dozens of Saudis and foreigners. At least 11 Americans were among the dead.

The kingdom's security forces appeared to have largely crushed the militants by 2006, arresting or killing most of its known leaders.