UK warns of 'imminent' threat against westerners in Benghazi

Foreign Office says it is aware of a 'specific and imminent threat' to westerners in the Libyan city and has urged its citizens to leave immediately.

LONDON // Britain's Foreign Office urged UK nationals to immediately leave the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi in response to an imminent threat against westerners.

The Foreign Office has advised against all travel to Benghazi since September, and today it said is aware of a "specific and imminent threat".

It urged all British nationals still in the eastern city of Benghazi to "leave immediately" and declined to comment on the nature of the threat.

The warning comes a day after US secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton testified to US legislators about the handling of the deadly September 11 attack on the American mission in Benghazi. The attack killed the US ambassador to Libya and three other Americans.

In addition to the attack on the US consulate, an Italian diplomat's car was fired on by militants

Britain's Foreign Office said it does not have a diplomatic presence in Benghazi, where the Libyan uprising against longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi began in 2011.

Libya's security sharply deteriorated after Gadhafi's ouster and killing.