ISLAMABAD (HPD) — The US embassy in Islamabad warned Sunday of a possible terrorist attack on a prominent hotel in the Pakistani capital, as the city was already on high alert following a suicide attack days earlier.
The US government has information that “unknown individuals are possibly plotting an attack on the Islamabad Marriott Hotel during the holiday,” the embassy stated in its notice. He also prohibited his staff from visiting that hotel during holidays.
In addition, the diplomatic mission asked its staff not to travel through Islamabad during the holidays unless strictly necessary.
The notice comes two days after a suicide bomber detonated his explosives in a residential area of the capital, killing a policeman and injuring 10 other people. The explosion occurred when police officers ordered a taxi to stop to inspect it. According to police, a passenger in the back seat detonated the explosives, blowing up the vehicle.
Pakistani Taliban militants, who are separate but allied to the Afghan Taliban, claimed responsibility for the attack.
The Islamabad administration has since declared a state of alert, banning public rallies or processions, even as campaigns are underway for the upcoming local elections. The police have intensified their patrols and vehicle inspections at checkpoints.
A suicide bomb attack occurred at the Islamabad Marriott in September 2008, in one of the deadliest such attacks in the Pakistani capital. The attackers approached a truck at the entrance of the hotel and detonated their explosives, leaving 63 dead and 250 injured.