US Withdraws Staff From Consulate In Pakistan, Over Terror Threat

The State Department has evacuated non-emergency U.S. government personnel from the U.S. Consulate in Lahore, Pakistan, and has warned Americans to defer all non-essential travel to Pakistan due to ‘specific threats’ to that mission, a U.S. official said.

In the travel warning issued Thursday night, the State Department advised Americans to defer all nonessential travel to Pakistan.

“The presence of several foreign and indigenous terrorist groups poses a potential danger to U.S. citizens throughout Pakistan,” the statement read. “The Government of Pakistan maintains heightened security measures, particularly in the major cities. Threat reporting indicates terrorist groups continue to seek opportunities to attack locations where U.S. citizens and Westerners are known to congregate or visit.”

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