US alerts travelers to threats of attacks in India

WASHINGTON, December 29, 2009 (AFP) – The United States published an alert Tuesday for Americans traveling to India, saying Washington continues receiving reports that militant groups may be plotting attacks in that country. The US State Department on December 9 alerted travelers to possible violence in India’s strife-torn Andhra Pradesh region but did not mention, as it did on October 29, that it had reports that “terrorist groups may be planning attacks.”

The latest travel alert came amid heightened security concerns in the United States following an attempt to blow up a Detroit bound jetliner on Christmas Day claimed by an Al-Qaeda affiliate in the Arabian Peninsula.

Dated December 28, the State Department travel alert sought to inform US citizens of continuing security concerns in India.

“The US government continues to receive information that terrorist groups may be planning attacks in India,” the statement said.

“Terrorists and their sympathizers have demonstrated their willingness and capability to attack targets where Americans or Westerners are known to congregate or visit,” it said, referring to hotels and other public places.

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