US issues travel alert for India ahead of Diwali

The US has issued a travel alert to its citizens in India, warning them of possible terror attacks in the country during the holiday season.

Updated: Oct 19, 2011, 10:02 AM IST

Washington: The US has issued a travel alert
to its citizens in India, warning them of possible terror
attacks in the country during the holiday season.

"Recent Indian government advisories and local media
report increased indications that terrorists are planning
attacks in India," the State Department said in a statement
yesterday.

"US citizens travelling or residing in India are always
urged to maintain a heightened situational awareness and a low
profile, monitor local news reports, consider the level of
security present when visiting public places, and take
appropriate steps to bolster their personal security," said
the alert.

It also noted that public places, such as markets,
trains, buses, religious sites, hotels and restaurants were
potential targets.

The alert expires on January 20, 2012.

PTI