US warns of possible attack in Islamabad amid security fears

The US embassy in Islamabad on Sunday barred its staff from entering the city’s Marriott Hotel amid fears of a “possible attack”.

A security alert issued by the embassy said the US government was “informed of information that unknown individuals may be plotting to attack Americans at the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad during the holidays.” “.

The embassy also urged all its personnel to avoid “non-essential, non-official travel to Islamabad throughout the holiday season” due to the red alert and ban on public gatherings declared in the city.

The embassy advised its staff to be vigilant at events, places of worship and avoid crowded places. review their personal safety plans; carry identification and comply with requests from law enforcement agencies; Be aware of your surroundings and monitor local media for updates.

Dawn.com has contacted the Foreign Office and the Home Ministry for comment.

Meanwhile, the Islamabad Police has put security on high alert in the capital.

Police said that checking has been increased at all entry and exit points and requested people to cooperate in the inspection.

The ban comes two days after a suicide bombing in the capital killed a policeman and injured six others.

After that, the capital city administration banned all kinds of gatherings, especially activities related to the upcoming local elections, for two weeks and declared high alert in the city for 48 hours.

In 2008, 60 people were killed when a suicide bomber rammed a truck loaded with 600 kilograms of high explosives through the exterior doors of a five-star Marriott hotel. The attack destroyed part of the hotel, which was then closed and reopened a few months later, surrounded by a large bomb-proof wall.

Pakistan faces an increasing threat from terrorism, including incidents involving elements and groups said to be operating from Afghanistan since the militant Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan in November. At the end of the truce with the government ended.

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