A “specific” threat against the U.S. Consulate in Lahore, Pakistan, has forced the evacuation of nonemergency personnel, according to the State Department.
CNN reports that the State Department moved most of its diplomats to Islamabad, leaving only a handful of emergency personnel in Lahore.
“We have picked up what we regard as a threat worthy of taking this action,” a senior U.S. official told the network. The official said authorities are “still digging and trying to trace whether it is related” to the terror threat that resulted in the closure of U.S. diplomatic outposts in the Middle East and North Africa and a worldwide travel alert.
The State Department on Thursday also warned U.S. citizens to avoid nonessential travel to Pakistan due to ongoing security concerns.