April 21st, 2010
05:34 PM ET

Americans warned about possible terror attacks in India

The State Department is warning Americans about the possibility of new terror attacks in India.

The U.S. Embassy in New Delhi is listing well-known markets as possible targets and urging Americans to be on guard, especially for unattended packages.

"There are increased indications that terrorists are planning attacks in New Delhi," the embassy said in a "warden message" on its website. "Terrorists have targeted places in the past where U.S. citizens or Westerners are known to congregate or visit.

"Markets, such as those located in Chandni Chowk, Connaught Place, Greater Kailash, Karol Bagh, Mehrauli, and Sarojini Nagar, can be especially attractive targets for terrorist groups," the web message continues. "If you are in an area where unattended packages are spotted, you should immediately exit the area and report the packages to authorities."

In Washington, State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley, called the warden message "a prudent warning" but would give few details. "There are some specific concerns we have but I'm not going to go into them from the podium," Crowley said.

"It [the warden message] was just a caution to our citizens within the American community that we have growing concerns about terrorism and it might affect both Indian citizens and American citizens."

"We are very mindful that in the attacks on Mumbai, Americans died and Indians died and citizens of other countries as well," Crowley said. More than 160 people died in the November 2008 terror attack in Mumbai, India.

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  1. Guest

    Any idea just how large Connaught Place is? We are talking well over 100 city blocks of shopping area with the capacity to hold well over 250,000 people....

    April 22, 2010 at 1:21 am | Report abuse |
  2. Abdul Al Lagh

    Warning of a Pakistani terrorist attack "in the next few weeks" is like warning of rain – pretty sure to be accurate, it's only a question of when. What exactly do the USSD and Australia expect people to do? Avoid going to buy food until Pakistan stops being a terrorist nation? Death by starvation is a sure thing, as the US Govt funds Pakistani terrorism with increasing generosity while issuing dire "warnings" about the direct consequences of that aid.

    Even as the State Department "warns" law-abiding people, they also channel weapons aid to the Pakistani Army, now known to everyone who has a brain to be Al Qaida Central.

    Bottom line: If you think Goldman-Sachs and the rest of Wall Street are crooked, well.. they can't hold a candle to the crookedness of the Generals in DC and Islamabad, and their arms-dealing cronies.

    Al Qaida is winning,. In Islamabad, Kabul, Baghdad and Washington DC.

    May 1, 2010 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |