The Counter Terrorism Bureau upgraded its travel warning for Israelis in India on Thursday and defined it as a "highly concrete threat." According to the advisory, the group that carried out last year's fatal attacks in Mumbai plans to strike Israelis around the country. Channel 10 reported that the new warning was based on new intelligence received by Israeli officials indicating that a Global Jihad group had teamed up with the Pakistani terror cell responsible for the 2008 Mumbai massacre and was planning an attack.
The bureau recommended that Israelis stay away from concentrations of Israelis and Westerners, and refrain from visiting Chabad houses and synagogues throughout the country, including Goa. The alert for the Kashmir area continues to be severe.
The Counter-Terrorism Bureau strongly advised Israelis in India to avoid those places if they aren't visibly secured with armed guards. The bureau also issued a separate advisory against visiting the Kashmir region in the north of the country.
A similar warning issued in September said a Pakistani terror organization affiliated with al-Qaida and responsible for the attacks in Mumbai was planning to carry out a string of attacks throughout the Indian subcontinent.
That warning said that while all Westerners in India were in peril of being targeted, Israelis and places where Israelis usually congregate in large numbers were in more serious danger.