Police and forensic officials examine a damaged Israeli embassy car after an explosion in New Delhi February 13, 2012..
(photo credit: REUTERS)
Security at the Israeli embassy in New Delhi and in the surrounding area will be increased after India issued an advisory in the wake of a warning by terrorist groups that they could target Israeli tourists or the Israeli Embassy.
According to India’s CNN-affiliate IBN news, police forces in New Delhi and state police have been advised about the situation. No special security instructions have been issued for tourists.
The report said the threats were prompted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s May 31 announcement that he would visit Israel later this year – a first for a sitting Indian prime minister.
Ties between Israel and India have been steadily warming recently, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Modi meeting on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly meeting in September. In February, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon met with Modi in New Delhi where the two discussed ways to strengthen bilateral ties and Indian-Israeli cooperation on regional and global issues.
The last time Israelis in India were targeted was 2012 when Tali Yoshua Koren, an Israeli embassy worker and the wife of the embassy’s chief security officer, was injured by a bomb in her car. She succeeded in driving to the embassy where she was evacuated to a nearby hospital. Three others were also injured in the attack.
In November 2008, a series of attacks in Mumbai by members of a Pakistan-based terror group left 166 people dead, including six at the Mumbai Chabad house, which was targeted along with luxury hotels, a train station and a popular cafe.Sam Sokol and Yaakov Lappin contributed to this report.