Oz official cancels Mumbai trip over terror alert

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Melbourne, Sep 20: An Australian state official on Sunday, Sep 20 cancelled his planned trip to Mumbai following a travel advisory on possible terror attacks in the city, a media report said.

Victoria state premier John Brumby was scheduled to visit the city this week as part of a trip to assure Indians that Australia remains a safe place following a recent assaults on Indian students in Melbourne.

But he said in statement that he had altered his itinerary after Australia's foreign affairs department on Friday, Sep 18 issued a travel advisory warning about the possibility of attacks in Mumbai.

"Credible information indicates that terrorists may be planning further attacks in Mumbai, including at places frequented by tourists, in Sep or Oct 2009," the warning said.

His visit comes after a spate of street violence against Indians in Australia's second largest city, the most recent when four men were seriously assaulted last weekend in a pub car park.

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