Israel issues warning of New Year attacks in India

JERUSALEM: Israel on Friday issued a warning of imminent "terrorist attacks" on tourists and western targets in India, telling its citizens to avoid public places during end-of-year celebrations.

The Counter-Terrorism Bureau, in a statement released by the prime minister's office, raised the alert level and said it corresponded to a "concrete basic threat".

"We are warning Israeli tourists in India of the possibility of imminent terrorist attacks against western targets and tourists, particularly in the southwest of that country," the statement said.

It also called on tourists to be "extremely vigilant during New Year festivities ... particularly at beach parties and in clubs where many tourists gather."

Israelis visiting India were urged to stay away from open-air markets, festivals and shopping malls.

The Counter-Terrorism Bureau gave no further details.

India is a popular destination for young Israelis, especially after they have concluded their military service. — AFP