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Pak's Western hotels in terror hit list: Australia

In a travel advisory, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade urged Australians to reconsider plans to visit Pakistan.

india Updated: Aug 21, 2006 14:15 IST

Terrorists may be plotting an attack on Western hotels in Pakistan's capital, Islamabad, the Australian foreign affairs department warned on Monday.

In a travel advisory, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade urged Australians to reconsider plans to visit Pakistan "due to the very high treat of terrorist attack."

"We continue to receive reports that terrorists are planning attacks against a range of targets, including places frequented by foreigners," the advisory said.

"Recent credible reporting indicates a potential terrorist threat against Western hotels in Islamabad."

The department said there was further evidence that terrorists could be "planning attacks against Western, including Australian, individuals and interests in Peshawar, but we emphasise that attacks could occur at any time, anywhere in Pakistan."

In March, a suicide bombing near the US Consulate and the Marriott Hotel in Karachi killed a US diplomat and four others.