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US bans personnel from Pakistan hotels

September 25, 2008

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— The State Department has banned all U.S. personnel from staying at or even visiting major hotels in Pakistan's capital and two other cities over fears of new attacks following the deadly truck bombing at the Marriott hotel in Islamabad.

U.S. government employees also have been told to stay away from public restaurants in the three cities and limit their trips to shopping markets. The U.S. Embassy in Islamabad is advising other Americans working or visiting there to take the same precautions.

"Effectively immediately, U.S. government personnel are no longer permitted to stay or frequent major hotels in Islamabad, Karachi and Peshawar," a notice from the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad said. "There are reports that further terrorist attacks may take place in Islamabad, and that markets and restaurants may be among the intended targets."

The ban on hotel stays applies only to government employees, who frequently used the Marriott.

The notice repeats warnings to Americans to maintain a low profile in public while in Pakistan, avoid crowds and demonstrations and vary their travel routes and times.

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