The US embassy in Pakistan has issued a red alert about a possible terror attack against Americans at the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad and prohibited American staff from visiting the five-star facility.
The statement was issued by the embassy on Sunday, two days after a suicide bombing in Islamabad killed a policeman.
“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,” it said.
“Effective immediately, the Embassy in Islamabad is prohibiting all American staff from visiting Islamabad’s Marriott Hotel,” the statement said.
The embassy also directed that as Islamabad has been placed on a ‘Red Alert’ citing security concerns while banning all public gatherings, all mission personnel have been urged to refrain from non-essential and unofficial travel in the capital throughout the holiday season.
It asked the U.S. nationals to exercise vigilance at events and places of worship, and avoid locations with large crowds while reviewing personal security plans.
The advisory comes after the latest attack in Islamabad and an uptick in countryside attacks by the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) terror group.