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Security at US missions in India being tightened: Govt

PTI  New Delhi, September 12, 2012
First Published: 20:18 IST(12/9/2012) | Last Updated: 20:20 IST(12/9/2012)

Security at US embassy in New Delhi and four of its consulates across India is being tightened following killing of a top American diplomat in Libya and a protest at its mission in neighbouring Egypt.

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"We have directed beef up of security at all US missions in the country," home minister Sushilkumar Shinde told reporters ion New Delhi on Wednesday.

Apart from its embassy in New Delhi, the United States has four consulates in Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai and Hyderabad.

The five US diplomatic missions are considered 'high risk' category buildings and are being provided round-the-clock security including monitoring of ingress and egress of every individual.

The directive to beef up security has come in the wake of American ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens and three other embassy staff being killed in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi.

They were killed when protesters angry over a film deemed offensive to Islam attacked the American consulate there last night.

The Benghazi incident followed a protest in neighbouring Egypt where protesters surrounded the US embassy in Cairo, some of them climbing up the walls and tearing down the American flag, to protest the film.


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