Mumbai Airport, Taj Hotel on High Alert After Terror Threat

Mumbai: Mumbai’s domestic and international airports are on high alert after receiving a terror threat last night. Security has also been strengthened at the city’s famous Taj Hotel, which was one of the locations attacked by Pakistani terrorists in November 2008.

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The police said the airport manager on duty late on Monday night had received a phone call warning that there could be bomb blasts at the airports and the Taj Hotel.

The caller allegedly said he had overheard a plan to attack the three locations with explosives packed in vehicles.

Sources said the police suspect it was a hoax call, but are taking no chances. It has been described as a “specific threat” and there is massive security and a bomb squad each deployed at all three locations. A source in the Mumbai Police said that the three locations are already high-security zones with special forces guarding them.

The threat comes a day before 12 men convicted for the 2006 serial train blasts in Mumbai are sentenced on Wednesday.

The hotel was one of the prominent targets of the 26/11 terror attacks in which 166 people were killed in 2008.

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