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Thursday, March 17, 2011

US embassy, consulates to remain shut on Friday in the wake of country-wide

ISLAMABAD, Mar 17 : The US embassy in Islamabad and its consulates in Pakistan will remain close on Friday in the wake of country-wide protests after the release of a CIA contractor Raymond Davis accused of double murder, says an announcement.

Small demonstrations broke out across the country after American Raymond Davis was set free Wednesday after paying $2 million in blood money to the families of the dead.

"The US embassy and consulates will be closed for routine business tomorrow," embassy spokesman Alberto Rodriguez said on Thursday.

The decision was made "for public safety at large because there may be demonstrations tomorrow".

The biggest protest following Davis' release was in Lahore, where some 800 students rallied at Punjab University campus chanting anti-US slogans such as "Death to America".

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