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Popular locations can be attacked by ISIS, says US embassy Pictured: US Embassy in IndiaReuters

The American Embassy in India warned its citizens on Tuesday about the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria's (ISIS) "desire to attack targets in India." 

"Recent Indian media reports indicate ISIL's desire to attack targets in India. The U.S. Embassy warns of an increased threat to places in India frequented by Westerners, such as religious sites, markets, and festival venues. All U.S. citizens are reminded to maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to increase their security awareness as detailed in the State Department's Worldwide Caution of September 9, 2016," the statement read. 

In the Worldwide Caution of September 9, the state department warned its citizens of places the jihadist group could attack. 

It informed people about major terrorist threats in Belgium, France, Germany, Turkey, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Nigeria, Syria, Iraq, Indonesia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh among others.

"Authorities believe there is a continued likelihood of attacks against U.S., Western, and coalition partner interests throughout the world, especially in the Middle East, North Africa, Europe, and Asia," the statement had said. 

Last month, intelligence agencies had said that a Swedish national may be recruiting Indians for ISIS. Many young people from Maharashtra, Kerala and other states have also fled the country to join the group.

The intelligence agency had also recently said that they will make a young man, who had been in contact with ISIS sympathisers and was counselled by a group of people, the face of a public service documentary warning against the perils of joining the group.