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US issues security alert to Americans in Pakistan
US issues security alert to Americans in Pakistan ahead of bin Laden death anniversary
By The Associated Press

ISLAMABAD (AP) ' The United States has issued a fresh security warning to Americans in Pakistan.

The U.S. Embassy said on its website Thursday that its employees would be restricted from restaurants and markets in the capital, Islamabad, for the next two weeks.

It didn't say why, but the period covers the first anniversary of the May 2 U.S. raid that killed Osama bin Laden.



Militants have been known to stage attacks on or close to the anniversary of significant events.

U.S. diplomats already operate under tight security in Pakistan, which is home to an array of violent extremists.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

ISLAMABAD (AP) ' A senior American envoy is meeting with officials in Islamabad in efforts to get Pakistan to reopen U.S. and NATO supply routes to Afghanistan.

Marc Grossman said on Thursday that he didn't expect to get an immediate commitment that the routes would reopen but that "the task now is to begin a conversation about how to move forward."

Islamabad shut the supply lines in November in protest against an inadvertent U.S air raid that killed 24 Pakistani troops.

Pakistan's parliament has also demanded Washington apologize for the border incident and halt attacks by drone aircraft against militants in northwest Pakistan.

Grossman, who is Washington's envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan, also repeated earlier U.S. statements of regret but didn't apologize.


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