US flags Lashkar threat in India; Issues terror advisory

RSTV Bureau

File: US Secretary of State, John Kerry on the right. File Photo – PTI

The United States has issued a worldwide travel caution to its citizens including in India to remain alert in the wake of increased threat that is coming particularly from the expanding global presence of the ISIS terror outfit.

In its important advisory, the US has clearly mentioned that the terrorist organisations like Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) pose a major threat in India. According to the statement issued by the State Department, India continues to experience terrorist and insurgent activities which may affect US citizens directly or indirectly.

The statement also highlighted that there are many anti-western terrorist groups active in India right now including Islamist extremist groups such as Harkat-ul-Jihad-i-Islami, Harakat ul-Mujahidin, Indian Mujahideen, Jaish-e-Mohammed, and Lashkar-e Tayyiba to create a terror episode.

Last year in August 2014, the US and regional partners commenced military action against the ISIS, a designated terrorist organisation in Syria and Iraq, an official statement on Wednesday said.

“In response to the airstrikes, ISIL called on supporters to attack foreigners wherever they are. Authorities believe that there is an increased likelihood of reprisal attacks against the US, Western and coalition partner interests throughout the world, especially in the Middle East, North Africa, Europe, and Asia,” the US State Department said.

Informing the citizens to remain utmost alert, the statement also carry the previous attacking records of the terror outfit. Past attacks have targeted mostly public places, including some frequented by Westerners, such as luxury and other hotels, trains, train stations, markets, cinemas, mosques, and restaurants in large urban areas.

Primarily, attacks have taken place during the busy evening hours in markets and other crowded places, but could occur at any time, the statement added.

The US government, it said, continues to receive information that terrorist groups in the South Asia may also be planning attacks in the region, possibly against US government facilities, its citizens, or interests.

The presence of al-Qaeda, Taliban elements, Lashkar-e-Tayyiba, indigenous sectarian groups, and other terror organisations, many of which are on the US government’s list of designated Foreign Terrorist Organisations, pose a potential danger to US citizens in the region, the State Department reiterated.

(With inputs from the PTI)