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Don't travel to India: US issues advisory

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Jun 04, 2009 at 04:21pm IST

New Delhi: Two days after the Lahore high court set Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Mohammad Saeed free, Indian intelligence sources fear terrorists may be regrouping o plan a major strike on India.

This report is being taken very seriously by authorities in the United States who issued a travel advisory on Monday, asking its citizens to be careful while living and travelling within India.

The advisory says there is a high threat from terrorism throughout India and advises Americans to keep a low profile, especially while visiting public places.

BE SAFE: US state department says terror threat perception is high in India.

Americans have been advised to monitor local news reports carefully and to assess security at public places like restaurants and hotels before visiting them.

They've also been asked to ensure their travel documents are valid - presumably to ensure they're able to leave India in a hurry.

“The United States Mission in India wishes to urgently remind all U.S. citizens resident in or traveling to India that there is a high threat from terrorism throughout India. As terror attacks are a serious and growing threat, U.S. citizens are urged to always practice good security, including maintaining a heightened situational awareness and a low profile. Americans in India should be vigilant at all times and monitor local news reports and vary their routes and times in carrying out daily activities. Americans should consider the level of security present when visiting public places, including religious sites, or choosing hotels, restaurants, entertainment and recreation venues. ,” says the US state department website.

For the latest security information, Americans traveling abroad should regularly monitor the Department's Internet web site at http://travel.state.gov where the current Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, and Travel Alerts can be found.

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