|03DJIBOUTI1836||2003-10-07 09:12:00||SECRET||Embassy Djibouti|
This record is a partial extract of the original cable. The full text of the original cable is not available.
1. (S) On 4 October 2003 about 1400 hours, the Embassy
received threat information indicating that a Protestant
church in the down town area of Djibouti was targeted for a
bomb attack on that same evening. Notifications were
immediately made to all appropriate authorities and the
Embassy issued a warden notice to the community identifying
the potential threat.
2. (S) On 4 October 2003 about 1400 hours, Major Patrick
Anderson, Embassy US Liaison Officer, received threat
information from an American citizen stating that the
Protestant church located in the downtown area of Djibouti
was to be targeted for a terrorist attack. The American
citizen was approached by a Djiboutian national who is known
to attend religious services at the church. The Djiboutian
national, only known as Kadir, stated that he had been
approached by two men, only known as Guelleh and A'amadi, to
place a bomb in the church on the evening of 4 October 2003
during the religious service. Kadir, states that he
immediately refused to carry out their requests. No other
information was given or sought. The American citizen
immediately notified the church's French Pastor who in turn
notified church members.
3. (S) Upon notification of the threat, the Charge'
d'Affaires (CDA) directed the USLO to gather more information
from the source. An interview was scheduled with Kadir on 5
October 2003 between the hours of 0900 and 0930, but Kadir
never showed up at the Embassy. COS notified Host Nation
security Services and is working closely with them to follow
up on the alleged threat. CDA drafted a warden notice and
conferred with the Department on the issuance and language of
the notice prior to release. RSO returned from leave on the
morning of 5 October 2003 and was notified upon arrival to
4. (S) The information received is inconclusive, non-credible
and sketchy at best. RSO and COS will continue to work
closely with Host Nation counterparts to follow any
developments, but both officers believe that the validity of
the source's information, as relayed to the American citizen,
is highly improbable. Without further details from the
source the information should only be considered as hearsay
from a third party. RSO will notify the Department
immediately if any leads are developed.
5 (U) POC is RSO Marc Ramos at 253-35-39-95 ext. 2307.