New Zealand warns of `extreme` terrorism risk in India

New Zealand has warned travellers of an "extreme risk" of terrorism in India highlighting New Delhi, the venue for the October Commonwealth Games, as a target.

Updated: May 02, 2010, 16:13 PM IST

Wellington: New Zealand has warned
travellers of an "extreme risk" of terrorism in India
highlighting New Delhi, the venue for the October Commonwealth
Games, as a target.

The travel warning, reviewed Saturday, followed
similar advice from the US embassy in India which said there
were increased indications of imminent attacks.

The New Zealand government said there was a
significant terrorist threat in India and "heightened concerns
that terrorists are planning attacks in New Delhi."

"New Zealanders are strongly advised to avoid market
areas of New Delhi in coming days and weeks," the advisory
added.

The warning also said there was an "extreme risk to
your security in Jammu, Kashmir, Tripura, Manipur, Assam,
Nagaland and along the India-Pakistan international border,"
advising against travel in those areas.

New Zealanders living or travelling in India should
have comprehensive medical and travel insurance policies that
included provision for medical evacuation by air, the warning
said.

Security concerns about the forthcoming Commonwealth
Games were stoked in April when two low-intensity bombs went
off at a cricket stadium in the southern city of Bangalore
ahead of an Indian Premier League match.

New Zealand cricket representative Ross Taylor was in
the ground at the time.

In February, a bomb exploded in a packed restaurant
popular with travellers in the western Indian city of Pune,
killing 16 people, including five foreigners.

Bureau Report