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16 Sep 2019 | 04:29 PM UTC

India: Terrorist group threatens attacks on rail stations, temples nationwide on October 8

India News Alert

Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorist group threatens attacks on rail stations and temples across India during Dussehra festival on October 8; heightened security presence expected over coming weeks

TIMEFRAME expected from 9/16/2019, 12:00 AM until 10/9/2019, 11:59 PM (Asia/Calcutta). COUNTRY/REGION India

Event

On Saturday, September 14, officials at the Rohtak Railway station received a letter threatening attacks on several rail stations and temples across India during the Dussehra festival on Tuesday, October 8. The letter, allegedly issued by Pakistan-based jihadist terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), threatened rail stations in Rohtak, Rewari, Hisar, Kurukshetra, Mumbai City, Bengaluru, Chennai, Jaipur, Bhopal, Kota, and Itarsi, as well as temples in Rajasthan, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, and Uttar Pradesh states.

A heightened security presence has been reported at many of the abovementioned locations; investigations into the threat are ongoing.

Context

Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) is a Pakistan-based jihadist terror group whose primary stated mission is to give Pakistan independent control over the Kashmir region. The group operates mostly in Jammu and Kashmir state, and has become increasingly active following the Indian government's decision to revoke the special autonomous status of Jammu and Kashmir in early August.

Advice

Individuals in India are advised to monitor the situation, anticipate a heightened security presence at the abovementioned locations as well as at other sites that may be particularly vulnerable to an attack (e.g. transportation hubs, public or government buildings, embassies or consulates, and religious sites), and report any suspicious objects or behavior to the authorities.

 

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