Israel Lifts Travel Warning for India After Local Forces Beef Up Security

The counterterrorism bureau urges Israelis to remain vigilant because of potential 'soft target' attacks.

FILE PHOTO: Delhi Police SWAT team members stand near the site of an explosion in a market in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016.
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Israel's counterterrorism bureau lifted its travel warning for India Wednesday due to what it said was preventive efforts by local security forces, but urged Israelis to remain alert.

The warning was put in place in anticipation of possible attempts to carry out attacks against Western tourists ahead of New Year celebrations.

At the time, the counterterrorism bureau recommended that Israeli tourists in India avoid attending events or visiting marketplaces, festivals or crowded shopping centers.

Even though the warning has been lifted, the bureau urged Israelis to remain alert because of "local reports on terrorists' intent to carry out attacks, especially on 'soft targets' like markets, malls, clubs, festivals and religious sites."

The counterterrorism bureau recommended that tourist "follow local media and local security officials' instructions."

In 2008, 10 Pakistani terrorists killed 166 people, among them five Israelis, in a series of attacks in Mumbai, targeting hotels, a central train station, popular café and a Chabad house. Local and national security services in India were harshly criticized for their delayed response to the capture of hostages in various parts of the city. In 2012, the spouse of a Defense Ministry representative was moderately wounded in an explosion in her car near the Israeli embassy in New Delhi.