According to CSMonitor, some 350 people have lost their lives to targeted killings this year in Karachi, with religious attacks against the city’s Shiite community accounting for a large portion of those deaths. Over the weekend, the overall death toll comes to nearly 90 from a series of shootouts linked to a contested election.
US ConGen Karachi issued the following Warden Notice (No. 1/2010) on October 20, 2010:
This message is to notify U.S. citizens that violence is spreading in Karachi. A curfew and police operations in certain parts of the city over the next few days are expected. U.S. citizens are advised to monitor the local media for the latest information and obey curfews.
The Consulate advises all U.S. citizens to take appropriate measures to protect their safety and security at all times. These measures include maintaining situational awareness, avoiding crowds and demonstrations and keeping a low profile. U.S. citizens should vary times and routes for all travel and ensure that their travel documents and visas are valid.
Read the whole thing here.