CAIRO: The U.S. Department of State issued a statement Friday warning its staff in Egypt and recommending them to stay close to their residences and neighborhoods over the coming period.
“In light of the heightened tensions and recent attacks on Westerners in the region, the U.S. Embassy has recommended that its staff carefully scrutinize their personal movements” statement read.
The warning comes shortly after Ansar Bayt Al-Maqdis announced its responsibility for killing oil expert William Henderson in the western desert. They published Sunday Oct.30 photos of his passport and company ID on their official Twitter account.
The U.S. State Department, however, said it “deplored” the Aug. 6 attack, but that they are unable to confirm any thing reported about him in the media or even the source of his death.
The U.S. also mentioned the increase of demonstrations in Cairo following the dropping of murder charges against former president Hosni Mubarak, and the acquittal of his former interior minister Habib Al-Adly.
The April 6 Movement along with the Bread and Freedom Party and other powers have called for demonstrations that will last until Jan. 25, the fourth anniversary of the 2011 revolution.