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Canadian Embassy closes in Egypt’s capital Cairo over security fears

An Egyptian security official told The Associated Press that Canadians asked for all roads around the embassy shut down and more security


 

CAIRO, Egypt – The Canadian Embassy in Cairo has closed over security concerns, a day after the British Embassy suspended its services over safety worries.

The Canadian Embassy announced its closure through a message on its main telephone number Monday. An Egyptian security official told The Associated Press that Canadians asked for all roads around the embassy shut down and more security. He said they would increase security, but the roads couldn’t close.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity as he wasn’t authorized to speak to journalists.

The British Embassy closed its offices to the public Sunday and Monday. Both embassies are in Cairo’s Garden City neighbourhood. The nearby U.S. Embassy remained open.

Egypt has been hit by series of militant attacks since last year’s military ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.


 

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