US warns citizens of Islamic State threat in India

US State Dept warns citizens to maintain high-level of vigilance while visiting markets, religious sites

News Desk November 02, 2016
The citizens should maintain high level of vigilance at the places frequented by Westerners. PHOTO: AFP

The US embassy in New Delhi has cautioned American citizens to remain highly vigilant in public places following Indian media reports of a potential Islamic State attack.

In its advisory, the embassy warned its citizens to remain vigilant especially while visiting markets and religious sites.

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“US Embassy New Delhi warns of an increased threat to places in India frequented by Westerners, such as religious sites, markets,” the State Department said on Twitter.

“Recent Indian media reports indicate ISIL’s desire to attack targets in India,” it said. “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 communiqué added.

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Islamic State first emerged in 2014 when it seized territories in Syria and Iraq and is active in the region surrounding Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Palestine and Jordon.

Several dozen Indian nationals have reportedly traveled, majorly from Kerala and Maharashtra to join the outfit while several others were arrested before they could depart from the country. The group, however, has not been linked with any terror attacks in the country so far.


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