The State Department urged U.S. travelers in Uzbekistan "to review
their security practices, keep a low profile, vary routes and times
for all required travel and contact the U.S. Embassy for updates on
The public announcement came after a Nov. 15 shoot-out near
Yangiyabad between Uzbek authorities and armed bandits allegedly
linked to the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, which recently took
hostages in the neighboring Kyrgyz Republic.
The State Department said travelers in Uzbekistan "should expect
a greater police presence and delays."