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Mumbai airport, Taj Hotel terror threat calls turn out as hoax

By NewsGram Staff Writer

Mumbai: Officials on Tuesday, stated that the terror threats to the Mumbai domestic and international airports and the adjacent Taj Hotel were a hoax.

A phone call at around 12:40 AM to a landline number at the airport manager’s office had warned about a planned terror hit at these sites with explosive-laden vehicles.

Describing it a “specific threat”, the Mumbai police and airport security went into a state of high alert at all the three sites, which are already classified as a ‘high security zone’.

Reportedly identified as Vishesh Kumar, the caller had warned that at least five vehicles would blow up between 9 to 10 AM at the three targeted sites an impact much bigger than the 26/11 terror attack.

After investigations during the day, the security agencies concluded that the call was a hoax and are now attempting to trace the caller.

A spokesperson for the Taj Group of Hotels said here that the Mumbai Police conducted a thorough security check and have confirmed the call targeting the hotel to be a hoax.

“We continue to be highly vigilant at all times to ensure safety and security of our guests,” the spokesperson added.

(With inputs from IANS)

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