Israel issues travel advisory against India
Jerusalem: Israel has warned its nationals against travelling to India saying there was a "concrete" threat of terror attacks on Chabad centres and synagogues in the country.
Its Counter-Terrorism Bureau (CTB) said the threat of possible attacks against Israeli nationals has become "significantly more severe" since a stark travel advisory was
issued last month.
It said there was a "concrete" threat of attacks on Chabad centres and synagogues throughout India, including Goa, as well as on sites frequented by Israelis and Westerners.
Israel`s Channel 10 reported that the new warning was based on fresh intelligence received by Israeli officials indicating that a `Global Jihad` group had teamed up with the
Pakistani terror cell responsible for the 2008 Mumbai massacre and was planning an attack.
A Chabad house was one of the targets of the 2008 Mumbai attacks.
The CTB strongly advised Israelis in India to avoid places that are not visibly secured with armed guards.
The bureau also issued a separate advisory against visiting Jammu and Kashmir.
India sought to downplay the advisory issued by Israel and said the warning was routine in nature and there was no specific terror threat to any installation.
"The advisory is routine in nature. There is no specific threat to anyone," India`s Home Secretary G K Pillai told reporters when asked about Israel asking its nationals not to travel to India as there was a "concrete" threat of terror attacks on Chabad centres and synagogues in the country.
Home Ministry sources said adequate security are being provided to sensitive religious centres, including Chabad centres and synagogues.