Mumbai Police Search for Four in Alleged Terror Plot

Friday, December 24, 2010

WNYC

Police in India are searching for four men they say entered the city of Mumbai to carry out a terrorist attack.

According to the Associated Press, authorities have issued a terror alert for the city. In 2008, 166 people were killed during a three-day terrorist siege in Mumbai, India's most populous city.

Mumbai's joint police commissioner, Himanshu Roy told the AP that police received credible evidence that the men are members of the Palistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba militant group and are planning to strike during the holiday season. Indian authorities believe Lashkar is behind the 2008 attacks.

"The four men are planning violent attacks that are going to cause destruction," Roy told the AP. "The four have recently arrived in Mumbai. We believe the threat is serious."

Roads are closed near the Taj Mahal hotel and the Gateway of India; police are circulating photos of the suspects, reports the AP.

According to the AP, Pakistani officials were not immediately available for comment.

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