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Terror Alarm in Mumbai’s Taj Hotel. Bomb threat call from Karachi, Pakistan.

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Security tightened outside two Taj hotels, i.e, Taj Hotel and Taj Lands End Hotel in Mumbai on the 30th of June, Tuesday after a call was received by authorities on the intervening night threatening to blow up the hotels with bombs.

The call was traced to Karachi, Pakistan said Mumbai police, with the caller identifying as a member of terrorist organization Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT).

Following the bomb threat call, heavy security forces have been deployed outside the hotels and all roads leading to them have been closed.

“Security tightened outside Taj Hotels and nearby areas after a threat call was received yesterday from Karachi, Pakistan to blow up the hotels with bombs,” the Mumbai Police was quoted as saying by ANI.

The caller first called the staffers of the Taj Mahal Palace in Colaba and threatened to attack the hotel as it was targetted in November 2008. He then made a call to the staffers at the Taj Lands End in Bandra and said that the hotel would be attacked by their members. Both the calls were reportedly received from the same Pakistan number.

The calls were made on the very day four heavily armed terrorists attacked the Pakistan Stock Exchange building in Karachi, killing three security guards and a police officer before being shot dead by security forces.

Due to the Covid-19 restrictions in place, the two hotels are not operational. Nonetheless, the security has been beefed up and the Cyber Cell has been roped in to carry out further investigations.