The U.S. Embassy in Islamabad on Sunday issued a warning to its staff of a possible attack on Americans at a top hotel in Pakistan’s capital as the city was already on high alert after a suicide bombing in Islamabad earlier in the week.
The U.S. government is aware of information that “unknown individuals are possibly plotting to attack Americans at the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad sometime during the holidays,” the embassy said in a security alert. The advisory banned its American personnel from visiting the popular hotel over the holidays.
The U.S. Mission also urged all personnel to refrain from non-essential travel in Islamabad during the holiday season.
The US Embassy instruction came two days after a suicide bombing in a residential area of the capital killed a police officer and wounded ten others. The explosion happened when police stopped a taxi for inspection during a patrol. According to the police, a rear-seat passenger detonated explosives he was carrying, blowing up the vehicle.
Islamabad’s Administration has since put the city on high alert, banning public gatherings and processions, even as campaigns are ongoing for upcoming local elections. Police have stepped up patrols and established snap checkpoints to inspect vehicles across the city.