The US embassy in New Delhi on Tuesday warned American citizens to maintain a high level of vigilance at places in India frequented by Westerners, including markets and religious sites, following media reports about possible attacks by the Islamic State.
The brief security message for US citizens stated that recent Indian media reports had indicated “ISIL’s desire to attack targets in India”.
“The US embassy warns of an increased threat to places in India frequented by Westerners, such as religious sites, markets, and festival venues. All US citizens are reminded to maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to increase their security awareness as detailed in the State Department’s Worldwide Caution of September 9, 2016,” the statement said.
The statement was also tweeted by the US state department late on Tuesday night with the message: “US Embassy New Delhi warns of an increased threat to places in India frequented by Westerners, such as religious sites, markets..”
US Embassy New Delhi warns of an increased threat to places in India frequented by Westerners, such as religious sites, markets.. pic.twitter.com/g7lOmZPlID— Travel - State Dept (@TravelGov) November 1, 2016
The Islamic State is a militant organisation that burst in to the scene in 2014 when it seized territories in Syria and Iraq. ISIL, or the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant is an offshoot of Islamic State and is active in the region around Syria and in Lebanon, Israel, Palestine and Jordan.
Several dozen Indians, mainly from Maharashtra and Kerala, have travelled to Iraq and Syria to join the Islamic State and several more were apprehended before they could leave the country. The group has not been linked to attacks in the country.