Westerners cautioned in Qatar
Sun, 16 Mar 2008 06:33:42
Western embassies in Qatar urge their citizens to be alert after a militant website opposed the opening of the first church in the country.
The British embassy in Qatar said the website flagged the opening on Friday of St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Doha, the first of five to be built in the gas-rich state.
The authorities are aware of this and are taking appropriate security measures,” the embassy said on its website, without indicating what the unidentified militant website said.
British citizens should “maintain a high level of security awareness, particularly in public places… you should avoid large gatherings and demonstrations,” it said.
In March 2005, a suicide bombing in Doha killed one Briton and wounded 12 people.
The US embassy in Qatar on Thursday also released a warning that the new Doha church might be a target for attack.
Qatar is a close ally of Washington and hosts the command headquarters for US forces in the Middle East.
The Australian embassy in the United Arab Emirates, which is responsible for affairs in Qatar, said it was aware of the militant website’s reference to the church, which has no bells or crosses on its exterior.
“We advise you to exercise a high degree of caution in Qatar because of the high threat of terrorist attacks,” it claimed on its website.
On a side note: Saudia Arabia does NOT allow Christian churches. Though they fund Mosques and CAIR in the US.