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Threat to aid workers in Pakistan, US says

Foreign aid arriving in Pakistan
Foreign aid arriving in Pakistan Reuters

The Pakistani Taliban is planning attacks on foreign aid workers following the devastating floods in Pakistan, a US official warned Wednesday. 

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"According to information available to the US government, Tehreek-e-Taliban plans to conduct attacks against foreigners participating in the ongoing flood relief operations in Pakistan," the official told the AFP news agency on condition of anonymity.

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"Tehreek-e-Taliban also may be making plans to attack federal and provincial ministers in Islamabad," the official added.

The vast floods have affected an estimated 17.2 million people, at least eight million of whom are believed to need life-saving humanitarian assistance.

The Tehreek-e-Taliban faction is a key architect of violence that has killed more than 3,570 people across Pakistan in three years.

Despite the warnings of possible attacks, a top US general overseeing the American military's relief efforts told reporters that US forces had faced no security problems.

"We have seen no security threat whatsoever in the three weeks we have been operating here," Brigadier General Michael Nagata said Wednesday via video link from northern Pakistan.

Pakistan ordered nearly half a million people to evacuate towns Thursday as rising
floods threaten further havoc in a country straining to cope after its worst ever humanitarian disaster.

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