Thu, September 13, 2012
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India heightens security measures at U.S. missions, condemns attack in Libya

2012-09-13 01:56:14 GMT2012-09-13 09:56:14(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

NEW DELHI, Sept. 13 (Xinhua) -- India has heightened security measures for U.S. diplomatic missions in the country after the deadly attack upon the U.S. Embassy in Libya.

While strongly condemning the "violent acts," which resulted in the death of U.S. Ambassador to Libya and other officials, Indian Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai Wednesday spoke to the U.S. Ambassador in Delhi and conveyed his condolences, said local daily The Hindu Thursday.

An Indian foreign ministry spokesman also said India is deeply shocked at the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi.

Security at various American establishments, including its embassy here and four consulates, has been stepped up, said Indian Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde.

The United States has consulates in Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai and Hyderabad.

All the five U.S. diplomatic missions and other establishments come under "high-risk" category and are provided with round-the- clock security, said Indian officials.

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