State Department cautions travelers in Uzbekistan

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 security developments."

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."

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