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Friday, August 11, 2006

US embassy warns of terrorist attacks in India

news, world news, international newsThe US embassy in India has warned American citizens of likely terrorist attacks in or around New Delhi and Mumbai in the run-up to the country's Independence Day celebrations next week, a spokesman said on Friday.

"We have urged U.S. citizens to keep a low profile, be alert and attentive to their surroundings," he said. "We have learned that foreign terrorists may carry out attacks in or around New Delhi and Mumbai."

The warning comes in the form of an adivsory issued by the US Embassy here to American citizens in the country.

The advisory also gives a possible time frame of August 11-16 for the attacks, which it says are likely to target major airports, key central Indian government offices and major gathering places such as hotels and markets. The Embassy has urged American citizens to maintain a low profile and advises them to be alert and attentive to their surroundings during this period.

Yesterday, Britain unearthed a massive terrorist plan to hijack as many as ten passenger planes between UK and the US and detained 21 people, including those of Pakistani origin.

In the capital, police foiled a bid to target Independence Day celebrations with the arrest of two hardcore Lashkar-e-Toiba militants, including a Pakistani national, from the New Delhi railway station last evening. Police said Abu Anas, a resident of Islamabad in Pakistan and Abrar Ahmad who hails from Bahraich in Uttar Pradesh, were arrested while they were getting into an autorickshaw at the New Delhi railway station at 2200 hrs.

The men, who are in their 30s, had come from Jammu and Kashmir and were ''specifically assigned to target Independence Day celebrations,'' said a senior Delhi Police official. Security has been stepped up in the capital and Mumbai ahead of the Independence Day.

The security drills were being followed more strictly in major airports following yesterday's developments in Britain.


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