With the terrorist attacks in Mumbai having continued for more than 24 hours, several western countries, including the US, Britain, Australia, France and Canada, have warned their citizens against travelling to the financial capital of India. The US embassy issued a message that urged Americans to defer travel to Mumbai for 48-72 hours at least.
Some reports in the media suggested that Americans were being targeted by the terrorists. This followed other reports that the attackers were looking for British and US passport holders, at both five-star hotels in Mumbai that they occupied late on Wednesday – the Taj Mahal Hotel and the Oberoi Trident.
“Americans are advised to monitor local news reports, vary their routes and times in carrying out daily activities, and consider the level of security present when visiting public places, including religious sites, or hotels, restaurants, entertainment and recreation venues,” the message from the embassy stated.
A statement issued by the British foreign office advised its citizens against “all non-essential travel to Mumbai until further notice”.
“If you are currently in Mumbai, we advise you to stay indoors and monitor the media,” the Foreign Office statement read, suggesting that British nationals should contact their travel agents, as some Mumbai flights have been cancelled.
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