India issues terror alert for Jewish, Israeli targets on Yom Kippur
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India issues terror alert for Jewish, Israeli targets on Yom Kippur

Jerusalem said to be working with Indian counterparts to thwart any potential attack; security increased at embassy, synagogues and other sites

A sign for Chabad in the main bazaar in New Delhi, India, December 12, 2016 (Nati Shohat/FLASH90)
A sign for Chabad in the main bazaar in New Delhi, India, December 12, 2016 (Nati Shohat/FLASH90)

Authorities in India have warned of a potential terror attack on Jewish or Israeli targets on Yom Kippur, which begins Tuesday night.

According a Channel 12 news report on Friday, Israeli security services are working with their Indian counterparts to thwart any potential attack over the Jewish holiday period, which runs until October 21.

The Israeli embassy in New Delhi, synagogues, Chabad buildings, Jewish schools, restaurants and hotels known as popular destinations among Israeli travelers have all been put on high alert with increased security.

The Times of India reported last month that there were fears an attack could be carried out on a Jewish target by a cell affiliated with either the Al-Qaeda or Islamic State terrorist groups.

The report said the alert was issued on the basis of intelligence received from the security agencies of other countries. No further details were given.

Ultra-orthodox Jews walk through the main bazaar in New Delhi, India, December 12, 2016 (Nati Shohat/FLASH90)

In 2008, there were coordinated attacks on Mumbai’s luxury hotels, the main railway station, a restaurant popular with tourists and the city’s Chabad center. The Lashkar-e-Taiba group was blamed for the attacks that killed 166 people in total, including six Israelis.

In February 2012, the wife of the Israeli military attaché was injured in a car bomb attack in New Delhi. Indian police concluded that Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps was behind that attack.

India’s ties with Israel have warmed in recent years, particularly in the area of military cooperation.

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