Sunday, May 2, 2010

US Warns India of Terrorist Attacks

NEW DELHI, May 1: The Indian capital faces possible ‘imminent’ militant attacks, the United States, Australia, Britain and Canada warned on Saturday, stepping up their risk advisories to travellers to New Delhi.

The latest warnings come as India battles to assure visitors it can serve as a safe host for the Commonwealth Games slated to be held in October in New Delhi, which has been targeted before by militants.

“There are increased indications that terrorists are planning imminent attacks in New Delhi,” the US embassy said in a statement on its website, urging tourists to avoid half-a-dozen of the city’s popular shopping areas.

Police in New Delhi were taking appropriate measures in response to the warnings, said police spokesman Rajan Bhagat as a source said police had been put on alert.

“Security is adequate,” said Ravindra Singh, spokesman for India’s Ministry of Home Affairs.

Tighter security was already in effect around the city. The latest warnings added the mention that attacks could be ‘imminent’.

“Americans travelling or residing in India are strongly encouraged to maintain a high level of vigilance,” the US embassy said.

Australia, UK and Canada issued similar warnings. The Canadian travel warning said that “credible and specific reporting indicates that a terrorist attack could be carried out in the following days or weeks, in market areas of Delhi frequented by foreigners.”

From here.

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