The U.S. has reopened its embassy and other offices in South Africa,
three days after closing them because of a security threat.
U.S. Embassy spokeswoman Sharon Hudson-Dean said the embassy in Pretoria and other facilities were open for business Friday.
officials have not given any details about the threat that prompted
them to close the embassy, three consulates, and U.S. aid offices on
However, a South African newspaper said the United States took action following a threat from an al-Qaida splinter group.
a Thursday report, The Pretoria News said the splinter group telephoned
the embassy Monday and apparently gave detailed information about
possible attacks against several U.S. government buildings in South
The newspaper says its information is from
"well-placed security sources." It cites an intelligence source as
saying the call to the embassy is believed to have come from South
Some information for this report was provided by AFP.