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Australian Government Warns Of The Risk Of Terror Attacks In India

The Australian government has urged citizens to “exercise a high degree of caution” in India because of the risk of terror attacks.

Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said the warning applied to all parts of India.

It also said that militants may be planning attacks against upmarket hotels in Mumbai in particular.

It comes a day after the government issued similar advice for Australians travelling to Indonesia.

The warnings were issued on the government’s Smart Traveller website on Tuesday.

“We continue to receive reports that terrorists are planning attacks in India and assess that attacks could occur anywhere at any time with little or no warning, including in locations frequented by Australians” the warning said.

This information was still under investigation, the advice said.

The advice warned against all travel to large parts of the State of Jammu and Kashmir “due to the danger of armed clashes, terrorist activities and violent demonstrations, particularly in rural areas and areas close to the border with Pakistan”.

The government’s “exercise a high degree of caution” warning is a step up from its “exercise normal safety precautions” warning but not as strong as “reconsider your need to travel” or “do not travel” warnings.

In November 2008, militants attacked high-profile targets in Mumbai, killing 165 people.

Indonesia Warnings

The advice follows a warning from the US government on 3 January of a potential threat against US-associated hotels and banks in Surabaya, Indonesia’s second-largest city.

Australia also urged citizens to “exercise caution” in Indonesia in new advice issued on Monday.

The government stopped short of warning people not to travel to Indonesia.

However attacks there “could take place at any time”, the government said.

Two bombs ripped through the Kuta area of the tourist island of Bali on 12 October 2002, leaving 202 people dead. Among those killed at Paddy’s Irish Bar and the nearby Sari Club were people from 21 countries, including 88 Australians, 38 Indonesians and 28 Britons.