Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canadian Embassy in Cairo Closed for the Day over Security Worries

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canadian Embassy in Cairo Closed for the Day over Security Worries

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Canada's embassy in Egypt closed for the day

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CAIRO - The Canadian Embassy in Cairo has been closed amid security concerns, one day after the British Embassy suspended its services because of safety worries.

"As a security precaution and to ensure the protection of Canadian staff, we have closed our embassy in Cairo for the day," Adam Hodge, press secretary to Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird, wrote in an email.

The two western embassies, located next door to one another in the central Cairo district of Garden City, gave no further details on their closures. The nearby U.S. Embassy remained open.

However, three senior Egyptian security officials told The Associated Press that recent arrests of suspected militants revealed plans to target the embassies, abduct foreign nationals and assassinate public figures. They did not elaborate.

The embassy announced its closure locally through a message on its main telephone number on Monday. An Egyptian security official told The Associated Press that Canadians asked for all roads around the embassy to be shut down and sought more security. …

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