Terror alert at In­dia air­port

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MUM­BAI: Mum­bai’s do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tional air­ports are on high alert af­ter re­ceiv­ing a terror threat on Mon­day night.

Se­cu­rity has been strength­ened at the city’s fa­mous Taj Ho­tel, which was one of the lo­ca­tions at­tacked by Pak­istani ter­ror­ists in Novem­ber 2008.

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 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 sus­pected it was a hoax call, but were 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 the three lo­ca­tions were 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 to­day (Wed­nes­day).

The ho­tel was a tar­get of the 26/11 terror at­tacks in which 166 peo­ple died.

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