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India Increases Security After Warnings of Attacks

India says it is increasing security to thwart possible militant strikes in the country.

Indian Home Minister P. Chidambaram Tuesday warned reporters against creating an alarmist picture and said India is increasing its level of preparedness to meet any terror threat or attack.

The minister's comments come just days after Israel said it has information that the same group that carried out the 2008 attacks in Mumbai, India, is planning another assault against Western and Israeli targets in the country.

Israel's counter-terrorism bureau released a statement Thursday, September 17, saying it has information that terrorists are planning a number of attacks across India, and may be focusing on hitting groups of Israelis and Westerners.

India is a popular destination for Israeli tourists, especially during Jewish festivals such as the traditional new year, which began Friday.

The United States, Israel and Australia have issued travel advisories to their citizens.

India's holiday season includes Hindu, Islamic and secular holidays, as well as the period surrounding the commemoration of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks on the United States.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.