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Officials: Pakistan on alert for possible attack

By Saima Mohsin, CNN
updated 10:02 PM EDT, Sun August 4, 2013
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • NEW: Helicopters heard above Pakistan's capital, Islamabad
  • Officials intercepted intelligence pointing to a likely attack on a high-value target
  • Air force and navy commandos are guarding key military installations

Islamabad (CNN) -- Pakistan's capital city of Islamabad is on red alert after officials received information in the form of an intelligence intercept of a likely attack on a high-value target, two senior Pakistani officials told CNN on Sunday.

Helicopters could be heard in the skies above Islamabad as Air Force and Navy commandos searched for suspected militants in the Margalla Hills that surround the city, the officials said.

Key military installations were under tight security.

A recently intercepted message among senior al Qaeda operatives alarmed the U.S. State Department and led to the closing of 22 embassies and consulates Sunday, August 4, across the Middle East and North Africa. On Sunday afternoon, the State Department said it had extended the closures in 15 of the locations until Saturday, August 10, and added four other posts to the list. Click through to see which facilities are affected, beginning with the U.S. Embassy in Amman, Jordan, which is closed for the week. A recently intercepted message among senior al Qaeda operatives alarmed the U.S. State Department and led to the closing of 22 embassies and consulates Sunday, August 4, across the Middle East and North Africa. On Sunday afternoon, the State Department said it had extended the closures in 15 of the locations until Saturday, August 10, and added four other posts to the list. Click through to see which facilities are affected, beginning with the U.S. Embassy in Amman, Jordan, which is closed for the week.
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Among the buildings being guarded are the headquarters for Pakistan's air force and navy, the officials said.

The officials, from the security and intelligence establishments, did not want to be named given the sensitivity of the information.

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