Israel Warns India of Imminent Al-Qaida Threat

India Today reports that Israel has tipped of Indian intelligence community, which it says has reason to take warning seriously.

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Local residents walk past a bullet ridden wall of a bakery opposite the Chabad House Jewish center, one of the sites of the 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India, on Sunday, Nov. 22, 2009. Bloomberg

India's intelligence community is on the alert for possible terror attacks after receiving a warning from Israel, according to a report over the weekend by India Today.

Israel suspects that Al-Qaida and its affiliated organizations, Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb, Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula and Ansar al-Sharia, may target Israeli citizens while they are in India during the months of May and June.

India should take Israel's alert seriously, according to India Times, because an interrogation of Indian Mujahideen's Yasin Bhatkal revealed that the terror organization's Pakistan-based founder, Riyaz Bhatkal, has met several times with Al-Qaida leaders in Pakistan.

Possible targets include Chabad centers, synagogues, restaurants, community centers "and other places of Jewish congregation," according to the report, as well as Israeli concentrations at airports or seaports.

Islamist terrorists murdered six Jews during an attack on the Chabad center in Mumbai in November 2008. Terrorists in Bulgaria killed seven Israelis and wounded 33 others in an attack on tourist buses traveling between a local airport and the tourists' hotels.