US pulls diplomats from Lahore amidst credible terror threat to consulates

London, Aug. 9 (ANI): The US State Department has reportedly pulled diplomats from its consulate in Lahore, Pakistan in light of the recent threat of attacks to its consulates.

According to the BBC, the State Department issued an 'ordered departure' for all of its diplomats in Lahore, except for a handful of emergency personnel and moved them to Islamabad.

The State Department has issued a travel warning to Americans traveling to Pakistan and said that the presence of several foreign and indigenous terrorist groups poses a potential danger to US citizens throughout Pakistan.

Although, the officials did not clarify if the recent move is linked to the closures of US embassies throughout the Middle East, Asia and Africa, but said that the connection wasn't clear.

Pakistan is considered a hub where most of al Qaeda's core leadership with groups like Lashkar-e-Taiyba is believed to reside and the city of Lahore is considered a home to other extremists sympathetic to the group.

With the growing threat of militant group Al-Qaeda targeting places 'where big bosses sit', US has been on high alert and issuing measures to avert any attack on its territory or otherwise. (ANI)


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