Israel has warned a terrorist group was planning attacks on Israeli and Western tourists in India, and advised its citizens against traveling to certain parts of that country.
The warning from Israel’s Counter Terrorism Bureau suggested Israelis avoid crowded tourist hubs that are not secured by armed guards, according to Yigal Palmor, an Israeli foreign ministry spokesman. The bureau also advised Israelis not to travel to Jammu and Kashmir in northern India, and to avoid Chabad houses, or Jewish community centers. “We are fully prepared” to deal with terror attacks, Gopal Pillai, India’s home secretary, said Friday. The National Security Guard, the country’s anti-terror forces, are stationed in Mumbai, Calcutta and Chennai. Lashkar-e-Tayyiba, the Pakistan-based terror group that India blames for carrying out terror attacks in Mumbai last year, is planning more attacks in India, according to the bureau.
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More than 160 people died in the November attacks. Militants took several Jewish families hostage at a Chabad center, killing five people. Israel has not directly communicated its concerns to India, according to Pillai. “But we will take note of it,” he said. “We will be more careful.” India also has tightened coastal security in the aftermath of the attacks.