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U.S. shuts down 6 embassies in African nations

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The United States temporarily shut down six embassies in Africa after receiving information they were under surveillance by "suspicious individuals."

The embassies in Gambia, Togo, Madagascar, Liberia, Namibia and Senegal were closed Thursday. State Department spokesman James P. Rubin said today a decision will be made over the weekend on whether they will be reopened Monday."We will be assessing that that this afternoon and tomorrow," he said.

"We had information suggesting suspicious individuals were surveying the sites, and as a precautionary, prudent measure we suspended operations."

Rubin told ABC's "Good Morning America," that the United States was putting pressure on a number of governments to capture accused terrorist Osama bin Laden. He is accused in the deadly attacks on U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.

Bin Laden has been placed on the FBI's list of 10 most-wanted fugitives. He is believed to be in Afghanistan.