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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Tuesday, March 19, 2002

U.S. alert says attacks could be imminent

 •  Nanakuli woman victim of terror attack

Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The State Department has warned that additional terrorist attacks against U.S. interests may be imminent.

And in a parallel warning to Americans not to travel in Yemen, the department said it has "credible evidence" that terrorists associated with the al-Qaida network have planned attacks there.

Sunday's deadly attack on a Protestant church in Islamabad, Pakistan, "underlines the growing possibility that as security is increased at official U.S. facilities, terrorists and their sympathizers will seek softer targets," according to a department release.

Such targets may include restaurants, schools, clubs and other places where Americans congregate, said the department, which recommended people either avoid such sites outside the United States or exercise caution when visiting them.

The department cited credible reports of possible attacks, but said it had no information on targets, timing or how the attacks may be carried out. It warned that terrorist activities may include suicide attacks and kidnapping.

Five people were killed in the church attack in Islamabad, including a U.S. Embassy employee and her teenage daughter, and 45 other people were injured. President Bush condemned the attack and pledged to bring those responsible to justice.