US Embassy Warns of Increased Terror Threat in India

US Embassy Warns of Increased Terror Threat in India
# 01 May 2010 21:48 (UTC +04:00)
Baku-APA. The United States is warning that terror attacks could be "imminent" in India’s capital and is cautioning Americans there to be careful, APA reports AOL News.

The U.S. Embassy in New Delhi issued an increased warning today for American tourists in India or those living there, saying "there are increased indications that terrorists are planning imminent attacks in New Delhi."

"Terrorists have targeted places in the past where U.S. citizens or Westerners are known to congregate or visit," it said. "Americans traveling or residing in India are strongly encouraged to maintain a high level of vigilance, remain aware of their surroundings, monitor local news reports, and take appropriate steps to bolster their personal security."

The U.S. warden message includes a list of popular shopping centers in the Indian capital where terror attacks might occur. In the past, militants linked to Pakistan-based Islamist groups have been blamed for such attacks.

"We are aware about the advisory and we have made elaborate arrangements," Rajan Bhagat, a Delhi police spokesman told Bloomberg News. "There is no need to panic. We appeal to the people to remain alert."

Australia also issued a similar warning to its citizens in India.

India raised its own security alert in the aftermath of a bombing that killed 17 people in the western city of Pune in February, the first major attack in the country since the 2008 Mumbai attacks that killed 166 people.
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