The US embassy in New Delhi warned the American citizens on Tuesday to maintain a high level of vigilance as there is a probable threat by the IS in the areas which are prominent by the Westerners like markets and religious sites.
According to recent media reports, “ISIL’s desire to attack targets in India”. The statement said, “The US embassy warns of an increased threat to places in India frequented by Westerners, such as religious sites, markets, and festival venues. All US citizens are reminded to maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to increase their security awareness as detailed in the State Department’s Worldwide Caution of September 9, 2016.”
The US state department also tweeted the statement on Tuesday night.
US Embassy New Delhi warns of an increased threat to places in India frequented by Westerners, such as religious sites, markets.. pic.twitter.com/g7lOmZPlID
— Travel – State Dept (@TravelGov) November 1, 2016
Earlier, an announcement under ‘Worldwide Caution’ sector on the US state department’s travel website said that India will continue to experience terrorist activities which may affect US citizens.
The worldwide advisory which last updated in September said, anti-western terrorist groups are very much active in India including Islamic extremist groups like Indian Mujahideen, Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammed, Harakat-ul-Mujahideen and Harkat-ul-Jihad-i-Islami. It added that earlier the extremists attacked in the places which are frequent by Westerners such as markets, train, train stations, cinemas and restaurants, luxury and other hotels, mosque and other religious places.
The warning issued at a time when it is a peak travel season in the country. The foreign travel has been begun from October-November. It seems that the alert may severely hit the tourism to India this year.