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US warns its nationals
Published on 18 Apr. 2010 12:31 AM IST
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Terrorist groups may be planning attacks in India and it could be at places “where US citizens or Westerners are known to congregate or visit”, the US warned its nationals in its latest advisory.
The Department of State has alerted its citizens to ongoing security concerns in India and said that the US government “continues to receive information that terrorist groups may be planning attacks in India”.
“The February 2010 bombing in Pune and the November 2008 attacks in Mumbai provide a vivid reminder that hotels, markets, trains and other public places in India are especially attractive targets for terrorist groups,” the advisory said Saturday.
“Terrorists and their sympathisers have demonstrated their willingness and capability to attack targets where US citizens or Westerners are known to congregate or visit.”
The latest travel alert expires May 30, 2010.
US nationals have also been told to “practice good security, maintain a heightened situational awareness and a low profile”.
Meanwhile, according to Reuters report, a senior Indian home (interior) ministry official said they were monitoring the security situation in the country following the latest U.S. alert.
“We have seen the advice. There are threats which we are aware of in any case, but am sure the U.S. government has got some independent information,” the official, who did not wish to be identified told Reuters.
Last month, India said it was tightening security on its luxury trains frequented by foreign tourists following warnings about a possible militant strike.

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