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Clinton claims that 'Algerian militants had weapons from Libya'

Yesterday US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the Algerian militants involved in the attack on a desert gas plant had weapons from Libya.

"There is no doubt that the Algerian terrorists had weapons from Libya. There is no doubt that the Malian remnants of AQIM have weapons from Libya."

AQIM - Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb - is an affiliate of al Qaeda.

For more on the Algeria attack which left four Britons dead click here.

Hillary Clinton speaking yesterday
Hillary Clinton speaking yesterday

Hillary Clinton was testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee about the September attack by Islamist militants in which the US ambassador and three other Americans were killed in Benghazi.

Click here for more on Clinton's testimony on the Benghazi US Embassy attack.

No 10 won't reveal details of threat to Brits in Benghazi

by - Former Political Correspondent

The Prime Minister's spokesman reiterated the "specific imminent threat" to Westerners in Benghazi in Libya, which is why they have been urged to leave.

Although journalists were told there have been regional threats, we were told the Government does not talk about the details behind threats or the information received.

The spokesman would not confirm whether this threat was linked to the situation in Mali or Algeria.


Foreign Office: 'Terrorism risk in ongoing in the region'

Foreign Office minister David Lidington, told the BBC that the risk of terrorism in the region has been ongoing for some time but that the Foreign Office would not issue its current advice to leave if there were not serious reason to do so.

He said:

The terrorism risk has been there for some time, before Mali and before the Algeria crisis of last week.

I cannot comment further on operational matters but the safety of Britons is our primary concern at the Foreign Office.

We only issue the kind of advice we have, to leave Benghazi, if we have information on a credible and imminent threat.


'Specific and imminent threat' to westerners in Benghazi

The Foreign Office has been advising against travel to most of Libya since last September, but has now stepped up its warning.

We are now aware of a specific and imminent threat to westerners in Benghazi, and urge any British nationals who remain there against our advice to leave immediately.

We have updated our travel advice to reflect this. The British Embassy in Tripoli has been in contact with British nationals for whom we have contact details to alert them to the advice.

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