U.S. Embassy in Djibouti Closes for Three Days to Review Security

The U.S. Embassy in Djibouti has closed its doors for three days while it reviews the security in the tiny Horn of Africa state that hosts an American military base, the embassy said in a statement posted on its website. In addition to hosting U.S. and French military bases, Djibouti also contributes troops to the African Union mission (AMISOM) trying to stabilize neighboring Somalia to the south. A State Department official said the embassy took the decision "in light of ongoing threats," but declined to elaborate. Last May, a man and a woman blew themselves up at a restaurant in Djibouti filled with Western military personnel, killing a Turkish national and wounding several Western soldiers.