Australia, Britain and U.S. issue travel warning against terror attacks in India

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Australian and British embassies in New Delhi on Thursday warned foreigners of possible militant attacks in Indian capital New Delhi.

The British embassy urged its residents and tourists to be highly vigilant as there are "increased indications" of "terrorist attacks in the capital".

Australia has also "strongly" advised to exercise a high degree of caution in India at this time because of the high risk of terrorist activity by militant groups.

Both countries join the U.S. and Canada which issued similar India travel warnings on Wednesday. The U.S. embassy has asked Americans either to avoid or to be highly alert especially while visiting popular shopping areas which can be easy militant targets.

However, New Delhi Police spokesperson, Rajan Bhagat, said there are no "specific inputs" to back this as of now.

"Security is our prime concern. In general, all elaborate arrangements are there," stressed Bhagat.

The U.S. advisory said terrorists have targeted places in the past where U.S. citizens or Westerners are known to congregate or visit.

Crowded markets, "such as those located in Chandni Chowk, Connaught Place, Greater Kailash, Karol Bagh, Mehrauli, and Sarojini Nagar, can be especially attractive targets for terrorist groups," the U.S. embassy said.

It advised Americans residing or traveling in India to be alert, cautious of their surroundings and check out for "unattended packages".

In September 2008, Delhi saw a series of bomb blasts in busy shopping areas which killed 22 people and injured about 100.

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:张茜)

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