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US Reopens Pakistan Embassy, Consulates Remain Closed

Pakistan citizens read posted newspapers, May 3, 2011

Pakistan citizens read posted newspapers, May 3, 2011

The United States has reopened its embassy in Pakistan, but consulates in two cities are still closed to the public a day after U.S. forces killed Osama bin Laden in the Pakistani city of Abbottabad.

The U.S. Embassy in Islamabad said Tuesday that it and the consulate in the city of Karachi have reopened.

The consulates in Peshawar and Lahore remain closed for "routine business" to the public until further notice, but will still offer emergency services to American citizens.

The U.S. State Department has warned Americans living abroad to be extra vigilant, amid fears of possible retaliatory attacks following the death of the al-Qaida leader. It said U.S. government facilities worldwide are at a heightened state of alert, and may temporarily close or suspend public service to assess their security needs.

Meanwhile, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says the battle against al-Qaida and its syndicate of terror will not stop with the death of Osama bin Laden.

Clinton said the United States will relentlessly pursue those who murder innocent people.

She said the United States will continue to fight the Taliban in Afghanistan, warning the group that it cannot wait out or defeat the United States. But she said it can make the choice to abandon al-Qaida.

Clinton on Monday also thanked Pakistan for its cooperation, which, she said, "helped lead us to bin Laden and the compound in which he was hiding."

CIA Director Leon Panetta said Monday terrorist groups "almost certainly" will try to avenge bin Laden's death. He said the al-Qaida chief may be dead, but "al-Qaida is not.''

The State Department issued a worldwide travel alert Monday saying bin Laden's killing could trigger "anti-American violence" in some areas. It says U.S. citizens who find themselves in such areas should limit travel outside of their homes and hotels and avoid mass gatherings and demonstrations.

The alert says Americans abroad should monitor the local news and maintain contact with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.

The State Department says embassies and consulates will make every effort to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens, if needed.