NEW DELHI: The United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand have issued travel advisories to its citizens warning them against a high risk of terror attack ahead of the Commonwealth Games next month.
The advisories come in view of the shooting incident near Jama Masjid involving two foreigners on Sunday. In its latest travel advisory, Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs said, “Australians in New Delhi should be aware that the Commonwealth Games will be held in a security environment where there is a high risk of terrorism.” “Pay close attention to your personal security at all times and monitor the media for information about possible new safety or security risks. Terrorist attacks could occur at any time anywhere in India with little or no warning. We continue to receive reports that terrorists plan to attack public places, including hotels and tourist locations in New Delhi, Mumbai and other major cities. Terrorists may also be planning attacks against Indian political and security interests,” the advisory stated. Australia’s Sports Minister, Mr Mark Arbib also urged the athletes to exercise “extreme caution” during the Games.
“There is a high threat from terrorism throughout India. Terrorists have targeted places in the past which Westerners are known to visit including public places such as restaurants, hotels, railway stations, markets and places of worship. Two Taiwanese tourists were injured in a shooting incident near the Jama Masjid mosque in New Delhi on September 19,” the UK advisory said.
“While there is a continuing threat of terrorist attacks throughout India at all times, credible and specific reporting indicates that a terrorist attack could be carried out in areas of Delhi frequented by foreigners, such as markets. This level of threat could increase as the Commonwealth Games approach. Canadians are urged to exercise a high degree of caution, monitor their surroundings and maintain a low profile,” the Canadian travel advisory said.
The New Zealand Prime Minister, Mr John Key said the situation is being monitored but the country remains committed to participating in the Games. “We are providing the best advice we can to the New Zealand Olympic Committee who have to make that decision by September 24 whether to travel to Delhi or not,” Mr Key told ‘Radio New Zealand.’