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US embassy warns Americans of IS attack in India

An advisory issued by the American Embassy here warned its citizens of an increased threat in places frequented by Westerners in the country
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The United States embassy in New Delhi warned Americans in the country about a potential threat from the Islamic State group, based on Indian media reports.

An advisory issued by the American Embassy here warned its citizens of an increased threat in places frequented by Westerners in the country.

“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 statement said.

The statement was also tweeted by the US state department late on Tuesday night with the message: “US Embassy New Delhi warns of an increased threat to places in India frequented by Westerners, such as religious sites, markets..”

The caution said that India remained a target for terrorist and insurgent activities, a factor that may affect US citizens directly or indirectly.

The state department-issued warning said, “Anti-Western terrorist groups active in India include Islamist extremist groups such as Harkat-ul-Jihad-i-Islami, Harakat ul-Mujahidin, Indian Mujahideen, Jaish-e-Mohammed, and Lashkar-e Tayyiba. Past attacks have targeted public places, including some frequented by Westerners.”

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