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U.S: Pakistani's execution may prompt terrorist attacks

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Balinese residents look at the destroyed Sari Club in Kuta, Bali, Indonesia.

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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The State Department warned Wednesday that the execution next week of a Pakistani national might trigger retaliatory attacks against U.S. interests overseas.

Mir Ahmad Kasi, also known as Mir Aimal Kansi, a Pakistani national, is scheduled for execution in Virginia November 14. He was convicted five years ago of the 1993 murders of two CIA employees in Langley, Virginia. At trial, prosecutors alleged Kasi was trying to avenge the 1991 U.S.-led bombing of Iraq.

"The potential exists for retaliatory acts against U.S. or other foreign interests in response to the execution," the State Department said. "We remind American citizens to remain vigilant with regard to their personal security and to exercise caution."

Last month, 180 people were killed and hundreds more wounded in near simultaneous bombings of nightclubs on the Indonesian resort island of Bali. Authorities said they believe an Indonesian group linked to al Qaeda carried out the attack.

Also last month, two Kuwaiti gunmen suspected of having ties to al Qaeda opened fire on U.S. troops on Failaka Island, killing one Marine and wounding another.

Following that incident, two more shooting incidents involving U.S. troops occurred in Kuwait.



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