Travelling to India risky: U.S. to citizens

By SiliconIndia   |   Friday, 30 October 2009, 10:11 Hrs
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Travelling to India risky: U.S. to citizens
Washington: Few days after the FBI busted Pakistan based Lashkar-e-Taiba's (LeT) plot to carry out terrorist attack in India using an American national, the U.S. has asked its citizens to be on alert if they travel to India.

"The U.S. government continues to receive information that terrorist groups may be planning attacks in India," said the State Department in its latest travel alert on India. This substitutes a similar travel alert issued by the State Department before the start of the festival season.

"Terrorists and their sympathizers have demonstrated their willingness and capability to attack targets where Americans or westerners are known to congregate or visit," said the Bureau of Consular Affairs of the State Department.

The latest travel alert remains valid till January 28 in next year, as the department also said that the Mumbai terror attacks in November last provided a intense reminder that hotels and other public places are also among the targets for terrorist groups.

"U.S. citizens are urged always to practice good security, maintain a heightened situational awareness and a low profile. Americans are advised to monitor local news reports and consider the level of security present when visiting public places, including religious sites, or choosing hotels, restaurants, entertainment and recreation venues," the alert said.

According to FBI, a 49 year old David Coleman Headley, who was arrested early this month along with a Canadian national of Pakistan origin, was in close contact with LeT leaders and helping the outfit in plotting a terror attack in India.

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