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US closes its embassy, consulates in Pakistan

The US Tuesday closed its embassy and consulates in Pakistan to the general public until further notice, a day after American special forces killed Osama bin Laden in a daring raid near the garrison city of Abbottabad.



Islamabad: The US Tuesday closed its embassy
and consulates in Pakistan to the general public until further notice, a day after American special forces killed al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden in a daring raid near the garrison city
of Abbottabad.

"The US Embassy in Islamabad and the Consulates in
Peshawar, Lahore and Karachi are closed for routine business
to the general public until further notice," Embassy spokesman
Alberto Rodriguez said.

Routine business includes matters like the issuance of
visas.
The Embassy and Consulates will remain open for "other
business and for emergency American citizen services", he
said.

The move came amid fears of reprisals by the Pakistani
Taliban and al-Qaeda for the killing of bin Laden, who was
hiding out in a compound located a few hundred metres from the
Pakistan Military Academy.

PTI

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