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United States warns citizens against travel to Kashmir

13 July 1999
Indian Express

WASHINGTON: The United States has warned its citizens against travelling to Kashmir because of possible terrorism-related violence. The warning yesterday reiterated U.S. concern about the danger of travel to Jammu and Kashmir saying, "e;the department of state again warns U.S. citizens travelling in India of the dangers of travel to the state of Jammu and Kashmir, in particular the cities of Jammu, Srinagar, and the Kashmir Valley and the surrounding mountains."e;

"e;Terrorist activities, including bombings, assassinations, kidnappings and violent civil disturbances have occurred in these areas,"e; the state department said. "e;Kidnapping poses a particularly strong danger to U.S. citizens and other foreigners in Kashmir."e;

Americans and other foreigners have not been targeted in recent incidents, but bombings attributed to Kashmiri militants "e;have occurred in public places where foreign visitors might congregate"e;, the department said.

"e;The department of state reminds american citizens travelling abroad to maintain a high level of vigilance,"e; the statement said. "e;American citizens should maintain a low profile ... and exercize greater caution than usual,"e; reports AFP.

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