The Headquarters of the World Bank in Washington will be closed on January 18 due a telephone bomb threat.
"The bank is working interactively with law enforcement agencies to ascertain whether the threat is valid. As a precautionary measure the management of the bank has closed all their offices and buildings" the bank said. About 8,000 people work in the offices of the World Bank which is situated in seven buildings in the center of Washington, not far from the White House.
Although the office of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is situated in front of the one of the World Bank offices, IMF will not be closed on 18 January.
Quoting the law enforcement agencies, the local media have reported that the telephone call which threatened to bomb the Headquarters of World Bank in Washington was made a day before. The caller said that the explosion would take place on the afternoon of 18 January.