NSC: Al-Qaida planning India attack

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The Counter-Terrorism Bureau at the National Security Council issued a severe terror threat warning for India on Thursday. According to the bureau, a Pakistani terror organization affiliated with al Qaida and responsible for the attacks in Mumbai last year is planning to carry out a string of terror attacks throughout the Indian subcontinent. The warning said that while all westerners in India were in peril of being targeted, Israelis and places where Israelis usually congregate in large numbers were in more serious danger. The bureau asked all Israelis in India to steer clear of places where Western tourists are found in large numbers, putting a special emphasis on Chabad houses, popular with Israeli tourists especially during the high holidays. The bureau rated the threat as "imminent and concrete." It placed special emphasis on the Jammu and Kashmir regions in India's north. Arab countries like Jordan, Egypt and the Sinai Peninsula and Morocco are regularly mentioned in Counter-Terrorism Bureau statements, especially during and following Israeli military operations. The warning issued Thursday on India was unusual as India is a friendly country, and there are several tens of thousands of Israelis in India at any given time.