The US embassy in Islamabad on Sunday banned its employees from visiting the Marriott hotel in the federal capital, saying they feared a “possible attack”.
“Event: US government officials have been banned from visiting the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad due to a security alert issued today. The US embassy urged its government employees to be vigilant at places of worship and to avoid places with large crowds. She also urged them to monitor local media for updates on possible attacks,” the US Embassy in Islamabad said in a warning posted on its website.
This security alert comes two days after a suicide bombing killed one police officer and wounded six others in the capital, the Dawn newspaper reported.
In its security alert, the US embassy said it was “aware of information that unknown individuals may be planning to attack Americans at the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad sometime during the holidays.”
“Effective immediately, the Embassy in Islamabad is banning all American employees from visiting the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad,” the warning said.
When Islamabad was placed on alert citing security concerns while all public gatherings were banned, the Embassy urged all Mission staff to refrain from non-essential, unofficial travel to Islamabad during the holiday season.
On Friday, the administration in the capital banned all types of gatherings, especially activities related to the upcoming local elections, and declared the city on high alert.
“In light of the recent law enforcement alerts/threat alerts and today’s attack on the police, Islamabad’s security has been strengthened to prevent the threats within the capital’s jurisdiction that may disrupt peace and tranquility and damage public life and property,” according to a statement quoted by Dawn from the office of Deputy Commissioner Irfan Nawaz Memon.
Police imposed a ban on all types of corner gatherings, public gatherings and gatherings, particularly in the wake of the upcoming local elections, the report added.
The Pakistani publication said the order came into effect immediately and will remain in effect for two weeks.
(Except for the headline, this story was not edited by NDTV staff and was published by a syndicated feed.)
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