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US Embassy in Congo Closed for a Week Due to ISIS Threat

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By    |   Tuesday, 04 December 2018 10:43 AM

The U.S. embassy in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has been closed for more than a week after U.S. intelligence learned that a group connected to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria planned on making an attack, CNN reports.

Although ISIS is not known to have much hold in the DRC, unnamed U.S. officials said that ISIS operatives could have been planning on gaining entry to the country.

According to those sources, the embassy was closed on Nov. 24 after they received “credible and specific information of a possible terrorist threat against US Government facilities in Kinshasa.”

The embassy is scheduled to reopen on Tuesday.

According to Reuters, the closure came after a group of Tanzanians who were a part of a Ugandan Islamist group known as the Allied Democratic Forces were arrested last month.

The DRC is currently holding elections, which will take place on Dec. 23, and is in the midst of battling an Ebola outbreak, one of the worst of its kind in history with 426 cases reported and 245 people dead.

A spokesperson for the State Department told CNN that the closure didn’t "adversely impacted the United States support to our ongoing efforts there regarding containing that Ebola outbreak."

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The U.S. embassy in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has been closed for more than a week after U.S. intelligence learned that a group connected to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria planned on making an attack.
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