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The US Embassy website in Russia stopped working after a mysterious warning about a terrorist threat

The US Embassy in Russia on Thursday issued a warning that Americans should avoid large crowds in Moscow for the next 48 hours. The embassy said it was due to a potential terrorist threat in the city, but did not go into detail beyond mentioning concerts as a potential target. And the embassy website stopped working for some time.

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The warning, which was also posted on Twitter by the US State Department, said:

 

The embassy is monitoring reports that extremists are planning to target large gatherings of people in Moscow, including concerts, in the near future, and US citizens should avoid large gatherings for the next 48 hours.

 

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As a reminder, our travel alert level for Russia is 4 (Do Not Travel).

 

It is not entirely clear whether the embassy website went down due to too many people trying to access the site at the same time, given the interest in the warning. But it sounds logical. The US State Department did not immediately respond to questions from the press.

 

At the same time, the Russian government announced on Thursday that it had destroyed the militants of the Islamic State, an organization banned in the Russian Federation, who were planning a terrorist attack in a Moscow synagogue. It is unclear whether this operation is related to the US State Department warning.

 

The site has now been restored.

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