WASHINGTON, July 11: The United States has warned its citizens in Pakistan to be vigilant because of the possibility of attacks by “terrorist elements” after the Lal Masjid operation. The warning came from the US Embassy in Islamabad.

“The US embassy recommends that American citizens limit their movement in the Peshawar area for several days due to non-specific public announcements by terrorist elements in Bajaur tribal agency that they plan to unleash attacks on government, police and army institutions in retaliation for recent events at the Lal Masjid complex in Islamabad,” the embassy said.

“In the past, militants in the tribal areas have conducted mass-casualty attacks on settled areas, including Peshawar, soon after military action,” the embassy added in a message to US citizens in Pakistan, posted on its website.

“Additionally, the possibility exists that these attacks could also be directed against US and other western interests and individuals in other areas,” it said. “The US embassy and consulates recommend that all American citizens remain particularly vigilant during the next several weeks.”—Reuters

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