US Embassies Close in 22 Countries Due to Terrorist Threat

ABC News' Nick Schifrin has new details on the Al Qaeda terror threat.
1:54 | 08/04/13

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story, the extraordinary situation playing out for americans in 22 countries right now. Sunday is normally a day of business in the muslim world but all of our embassies there are shut down and locked down because of that new al qaeda terror threat and abc's nick schifrin is near the shuttered u.S. Embassy in cairo, egypt, nick, good morning to you. Reporter: Hey, good morning, dan. We're right in front of the embassy that is usually buzzing with the start of the workweek but this morning that embassy is closed and all of the streets surrounding it are cordoned off. Some embassies look like this. The yemen embassy has local soldiers guarding walls. Roads full of checkpoints. Pat-downs for all visitors. In cairo it hides behind giant bricks and the new travel alert means americans like 27-year-old ashley brandenburg need to take small precautions. You hear there might be a threat so I don't go downtown where most things are isolated. I don't go near the embassy for any reason. Reporter: The threat started when the u.S. Intercepted al qaeda messages about attacking american interests like embassies. One official calls it "a very active plot" led by osama bin laden's personal secretary. In recent days one official said a lot starting blinking red so now look at the man. Every embassy that's supposed to be open is shut and right in the middle cairo. Americans here keeping their heads down. ? I just keep as low a profile as I can. I look like an american and that said I don't walk into harm's way intentionally. Avoid large crowds where I can. Reporter: And it's not clear when this embassy will behind me will re-open but this morning a senior official say in yemen the threat is higher than it's been a long time. Dan, bianna, across this region a lot are on high alert.

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