New Delhi Shooting Labelled ‘Stray Incident’
Tourists have been urged not to worry about their upcoming travels to India following a gun attack on a bus in New Delhi. Two Taiwanese tourists were injured in the shock attack which took place close to the large Jama Masjid mosque, one of the most popular sightseeing spots in the whole of New Delhi. The attackers, riding motorcycles, fired automatic weapons at the mosque hitting the two tourists. So far an Islamist group known as the Indian Mujahideen has claimed responsibility for the attack however Indian authorities are still looking into the attack. India’s Minister for Tourism has condemned the attack stating that “This attack on tourist’s shows desperation of those elements who want to create panic in the society by attacking innocent people.” The Minister went on to appeal to tourists and the tourism industry, asking them not to panic by such “stray incidents” and assuring visitors that India is still a “safe destination and safety and security of tourists is utmost concern of the Government”. Extra security has been placed around New Delhi as an added precaution.
With the Commonwealth Games set to take place in New Delhi next month, protecting visitors to the city is the upmost priority for Tourism executives. The Games are set to bring in much needed revenue for India with thousands of visitors set to arrive in New Delhi over the next few months in preparation for the events.