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US Embassy warns of possible attack on Islamabad Marriott Hotel

Policemen collect evidence at the suicide blast site in Islamabad on Friday, Dec. 23, 2022. A suicide bomber killed at least one police officer on Dec. 23 when he detonated a device after his car was stopped in the Pakistan capital, officials said, the first such attack in the city for years. (Farooq Naeem/AFP/Getty Images/TNS)
December 26, 2022

The U.S. Embassy in Pakistan warned of a possible attack against Americans at the Marriott Hotel in the capital, Islamabad, “sometime during the holidays.”

In a statement on its website, the embassy said all American staff are barred from visiting the hotel.

The statement comes two days after Islamabad had its first suicide bombing in eight years, which killed a policeman and the two attackers.

“As Islamabad has been placed on a Red Alert citing security concerns while banning all public gatherings, the embassy is urging all Mission personnel to refrain from non-essential, unofficial travel in Islamabad throughout the holiday season,” according to the statement.


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