WASHINGTON — The State Department says it has received a growing body of information strongly suggesting that extremists based in Afghanistan are preparing to attack U.S. interests in Pakistan in the near future.
In a travel warning, the department noted Friday that reputed international terrorist Osama bin Laden lives in Afghanistan and has supporters in Pakistan. Bin Laden is wanted for bombings of American embassies last August in Kenya and Tanzania.
The advisory also said that groups in Pakistan opposed to any Pakistani efforts to de-escalate tensions with India over Kashmir have issued threats against Americans.
One such group recently issued a "ban" on Americans, including diplomats, traveling to the Kashmir sector of India, it said.
The advisory warned U.S. citizens to evaluate carefully the implications for their security and safety before traveling to Pakistan.
It also urged them to register and obtain updated security information at U.S. diplomatic missions in Pakistan.