US restricts embassy staff during Bin Laden anniversary

Published: April 26, 2012

US embassy in Islamabad bans its staff from restaurants and markets in Islamabad for several days. PHOTO: FILE

ISLAMABAD: The US embassy in Islamabad on Thursday banned its staff from restaurants and markets in Islamabad for several days either side of the anniversary of Osama bin Laden’s death.

The al Qaeda kingpin was killed in a US special forces raid in Abbottabad on May 2 last year and there are fears militants may mark the one-year anniversary with an attack.

“Due to security concerns, the US embassy has restricted its employees from going to restaurants and markets in Islamabad April 27 – May 5,” a warning on the embassy website said.

“We recommend that US citizens in Islamabad during this period take similar precautions.”

The 9/11 mastermind’s three widows, their eight children and a grandchild are still being held in Islamabad after being detained in the Abbottabad raid.

They were originally supposed to be deported last week but the move was delayed because legal formalities were not complete.

A US official speaking on condition of anonymity said the warning was issued in response to information about a specific threat.

But Minister of State for Interior Imtiaz Safdar Warraich told AFP he had no information about a threat.

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Reader Comments (2)

  • Cautious
    Apr 27, 2012 - 4:23AM

    May 2nd will be celebrated in the USA and throughout the World for many years to come — much to the shame of Pakistan. You had a chance to clean house and get rid of the bad apples allowing the country to move forward – instead you chose a combination of collective amnesia and a politicized Commission – good luck with that.


  • Cynical
    Apr 27, 2012 - 2:39PM

    These americans are cowards.


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