In Aug last week, just before the start of the festive seasons in India, US issued a travel advisory against India. It said militant strikes are a possibility and its citizens should keep away from India. The US state department has now extended the same advisory advising its citizens against travel to India. It has cited reason as it “continues to receive information that terrorist groups may be planning attacks in India.’’
The travel alert came days after US authorities arrested a Pakistani-American and Pakistani-Canadian for plotting terror attacks in Denmark and India.
“Terrorists and their sympathizers have demonstrated their willingness and capability to attack targets where Americans or Westerners are known to congregate or visit the November 2008 attacks in Mumbai provided a vivid reminder that hotels and other public places are especially attractive targets for terrorist groups. US citizens are urged always to practice good security, maintain a heightened situational awareness and a low profile,’’ the advisory issued by the state department’s bureau of consular affairs said.
The advisory also advises American citizens “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 October 29 advisory replaced the travel alert dated September 12, 2009, and expires on January 28, 2010.
It should be kept in mind that “travel alert’’ is different from the “travel warning,’’. Travel Alert is used for short-term conditions. Travel warnings are issued to describe long-term, protracted conditions that make a country dangerous or unstable.