Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Lahore (Pakistan), Bomb Explosion Near Punjab Assembly

Media are reporting that an explosion occurred at approximately 1800 in front of the Punjab Provincial Assembly Building on Mall Road at Charing Cross. Media reporting indicates that there were at least 16 people killed and 74 injured in the attack. U.S. citizens are urged to avoid this area. If you are aware of any U.S. citizens injured in this attack, please call the American Consulate in Lahore at 042 3603 4000.

U.S. citizens are reminded that there is an active Travel Warning for Pakistan issued on October 7, 2016. U.S. citizens are urged to defer all non-essential travel to Pakistan. The Mission reminds those U.S. citizens considering travel to or remaining in Pakistan despite this warning to:

� keep a trusted friend informed of your movements in country

� maintain vigilant situational awareness and keep a low profile

� avoid large crowds, locations frequented by Westerners, and hotels that do not apply stringent security measures

� vary your times and routes when traveling in Pakistan

� verify that travel documents, visas, and residency documents remain valid and accessible at all times

Consular services in Pakistan are available in Lahore, Karachi and Islamabad. The consulate in Peshawar is not providing consular services at this time.

Source: Overseas Security Advisory Council