US Warns Americans In Pakistan After Terror Attack In Islamabad
A few days after the suicide bombing in the capital in Pakistan, United States officials have warned citizens of another attack that could target the top hotel in Islamabad amid the Christmas time and new year’s eve.
The United States embassy in Islamabad has banned its staff from visiting the capital’s Marriott Hotel, citing concerns of an “possible attack”.
In addition, the US has also urged its citizens living in Pakistan’s Islamabad to stay clear of crowded areas that could pose an imminent threat to attack.
In a formal announcement in a formal advisory, the US Embassy said that “U.S. government personnel are prohibited from entering Pakistan’s Marriott Hotel due to a security alert today.”
The US embassy urged its employees to keep the highest level of vigilance when visiting places of worship and avoid places that attract huge crowds. It also requested them to follow local media sources for any updates on possible attacks.”
The announcement of the US government comes 2 days following a suicide attack in the capital city killed an officer and injured six others according to the Dawn newspaper published an article.
Additionally the US Embassy said they had information that “unknown persons” are planning an attack on the Marriot hotel.
In its security warning, the US Embassy in Washington said that the embassy was “aware of information that unknown individuals are possibly plotting to attack Americans at the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad sometime during the holidays”.
The notice on the US Embassy website also stated, “Effective immediately, the Embassy in Islamabad is prohibiting all American staff from visiting Islamabad’s Marriott Hotel.”
The city of Islamabad is still under red alert because of an alleged threat to the general public.
As Islamabad was put under red alert because of security concerns, while also banning all public gatherings, the Embassy advised all Mission staff to avoid traveling outside of the official route to Islamabad during the festive season.
The terrorist attack that killed six people in Islamabad just two days ago claimed one person’s life, and six other people were injured.
It was reported that the Pakistan Taliban had claimed responsibility for the attack while the capital city Islamabad was put on high alert because of the danger.