San Francisco is on a heightened state of alert after the State Department issued a terror advisory ordering embassies and consulates in 19 countries around the world shut down, the city's Police Department hasaid Monday.
Police are keeping a close watch on key locations around the city and are ready to deploy more resources if necessary, SFPD Officer Gordon Shyy said.
According to KPIX-TV and KCBS radio,
there was no direct threat to the Northern California city.
"I want to remind citizens if they see something, say something," Shyy said. "We want to be proactive, given the State Department's warning in order to protect our citizens and infrastructure in San Francisco."
The State Department closed embassies and consulates
throughout the Muslim world at least through Saturday. U.S. travelers and citizens living abroad also were put on alert on
Friday about the potential threat.
"Current information suggests that al-Qaida and affiliated organizations continue to plan terrorist attacks both in the region and beyond, and that they may focus efforts to conduct attacks in the period between now and the end of August," the State Department wrote in the advisory
State Department officials were particularly warned of potential attacks on public transportation systems and other infrastructure.
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