New Delhi: India on Tuesday asked its citizens to avoid all "non-essential" travel to Syria after incidents of two Indians getting killed in a bomb explosion on the Syria-Iraq border came to light.

"In view of the situation prevailing in Syria, Indian nationals are again advised to avoid all non-essential travel to Syria for the present," the Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement here.

It said that a tragic incident reportedly involving death of two Indians on the Syria-Iraq border has come to the attention of the government.

Reports had it that a seven-year-old girl from Nagpur and a man from Pune were among those killed in an explosion on the Syria-Iraq border on Sunday evening.

The victims were among a group of Indian pilgrims travelling to the holy city of Karbala in central Iraq.


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