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The US has alerted its personnel after Friday’s suicide bombing in Pakistan’s capital Islamabad. The US Embassy in Pakistan on Sunday barred its government employees from entering the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad, citing an attack threat. The capital of Pakistan has already been put on high alert after the suicide attack. A policeman was killed and ten others were injured in the attack.
Australia-Saudi Arabia also issued advisory
After the bomb blasts in Pakistan, Australia also issued a new guideline for its citizens on Monday. Australia has appealed to its citizens to stay inside the city and not to travel. The ongoing advisory states that Australian authorities in Islamabad have been advised to increase vigilance and limit travel within the city. Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia has also issued a warning in Pakistan advising its citizens to be alert and not go out if not needed. Earlier on Sunday, the US government warned its citizens about information that some suspects were planning to attack the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad.
Fear of attack at Marriott Hotel
The US government said in a security alert that it is aware of information that unidentified individuals may be plotting to attack Americans at the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad while on vacation. The US Embassy also urged its personnel to refrain from non-essential and unofficial travel to Islamabad during the holidays. The attack was claimed by the outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), which is separate from but linked to Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers.
The Marriott Hotel in Islamabad was affected by a suicide bombing in September 2008. It was one of the deadliest incidents in the capital, in which 63 people were killed and more than 250 were injured.
Islamabad on high alert, ban on public gatherings
Since the attack, Islamabad’s administration has put the city on high alert, banning public gatherings and processions. Patrolling has been increased and check posts have been set up to check vehicles. Hours after the suicide attack, the Islamabad administration banned all gatherings, especially activities related to the upcoming local body elections, and declared a high alert in the city.
Islamabad to address threats within the capital’s jurisdiction in the light of recent advisories/danger alerts issued by law enforcement agencies and attacks on police, according to a notification issued from the office of Deputy Commissioner Islamabad Irfan Nawaz Memon. Security has been beefed up for those who may disturb the peace by causing damage to public life and property. However, the possibility of such activities cannot be ruled out in the coming days. Reports state that the police have banned all kinds of street gatherings, public gatherings and gatherings, especially in view of the upcoming local government elections. This order has come into force with immediate effect and will remain in force for two weeks.
Pakistan sets up JIT to investigate bomb blasts
Pakistani authorities on Saturday formed a four-member Joint Investigation Team (JIT) to probe the suicide bombing in the capital Islamabad. Islamabad Chief Commissioner Mohammad Usman Younis approved the JIT under Section 19A of the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) 1997. The JIT comprises senior superintendents of police (SSPs), representatives nominated by the Islamabad-based Counter Terrorism Department (CTD), Intelligence Bureau and Inter-Services Intelligence, and other members nominated by the Islamabad police chief. The Chief Commissioner has ordered that the JIT complete its investigation within the stipulated period of 30 days.