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Terror attack likely in India: Australia
November 15, 2005 14:44 IST
Australia has advised its nationals to stay away from Indian hotels and other tourist locations as terrorist attacks are likely in 'the next few days'.
Australians in India have also been advised to exercise caution while travelling in the country following attacks on hotels in Amman, Jordan.
The advice has come as a part of comprehensive travel advisory issued by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade few days back.
The advisory has also cautioned Australians not to travel to Jammu and Kashmir as the state was plagued by 'armed clashes and terrorist activities'.
Travel to Ladakh via Manali or by air has been kept out of this advisory.
Besides hotels and popular tourist destinations, the Australian government has also warned its nationals to avoid going close to 'prominent government buildings, public transport and commercial and public areas' that could be 'potential targets for terrorist attack'.
Tourists have also been advised to be 'particularly vigilant' around to days of national significance in India such as Republic Day and Independence Day.
The northeastern states of Assam, Nagaland, Tripura and Manipur have also been declared places where 'extreme caution' should be exercised 'due to the uncertain security situation'.
Australians have been advised to reconsider their plans to visit these states.
Australia's foreign department travel advisory also talks about exercising 'caution and monitor developments' because of the risk of terrorist activities in other parts of India.
Communal tensions have also been highlighted as another reason for being extra vigilant while travelling in India.
Though the document has not mentioned any specific incident involving communal differences, Australians have been advised to 'pay close attention to your personal security'.
They have also been asked to monitor media reports for information about 'possible new safety or security risks'.
The advisory has cited suicide attacks on hotels in Amman, Jordan on November 9 for issuing such drastic warnings.Australians have been on the receiving end of at least three terrorist attacks in Indonesia. Over a hundred Australian tourists have died so far in various attacks all over the world.