New Delhi: The United States has warned its citizens coming to India of possible Islamic State (IS) terror attack as the tourist season begins in the country. With the increasing number of IS modules in the country, US Embassy in New Delhi has issued the alert. 

“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,” wrote the US Embassy in a warning titled ‘security message for US citizens’.

US fears that westerners in the country will be targeted by the different terror organisations seething in the country. It has also warned of increased risk from “ISIL aka Da’esh” (Islamic State terror group).

“The heightened tensions between India and Pakistan; the war-like situation on the line of control in Kashmir and overall enhanced security across India. The peak season of foreign inbound travel begins from October-November. The alert like the one issued by the US on Tuesday is likely to be followed by other nations too and may severely hit tourism to India this year,” TOI quoted a travel agent as saying.

India has been witnessing a rise in IS influencers in the country where youths have been effectively recruited into the organisation.

First Published | 2 November 2016 8:41 AM
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