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Mumbai Police receives threat of '26/11 style' attacks from Pakistani number, probe initiated

Mumbai Police threat from Pakistan: The message also claims that the next strike would revive the memories of the 26/11 terror attacks in the city by heavily armed 10 Pakistani extremists.

Reported By : Rajiv Singh Edited By : Poorva Joshi | Mumbai
Updated on: August 20, 2022 15:23 IST
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Image Source : PTI Mumbai Police receives threat of '26/11 style' attacks from Pakistani number, probe initiated

Highlights

  • The Mumbai Police received a threat message from a Pakistani number.
  • The WhatsApp message warned of a '26/11 style' attack on Mumbai.
  • The threat message states that 6 people will execute the plan in India.

Mumbai Police threat from Pakistan: The Mumbai Police Traffic Control on Saturday received a threat message from a Pakistani number, warning against a '26/11 style' attack in the city. The threats were in a WhatsApp message, though details of the sender or when the strikes will take place were not clear.

The message also claims that the next strike would revive the memories of the 26/11 terror attacks in the city by heavily armed 10 Pakistani extremists.

The messenger warned that if Police try to trace his location, an attack will take place in Mumbai. The threat message states that 6 people will execute the plan in India. Mumbai Police is investigating in this matter and other investigating agencies have also been informed about it. 

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Though a potential terror threat was ruled out, a detailed investigation is being carried out by the ATS and Raigad Police. So far, no FIR has been filed in the matter by the Traffic department, but Mumbai Police will take suo motu cognizance in the matter. 

Here are some screenshots of the threat messages:

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Image Source : INDIA TVScreenshot threat message received (4)

Nationalist Congress Party's Leader of Opposition Ajit Pawar said the state government must take the threat seriously and probe.

The latest threats come two days after the state suffered a major security scare when a yacht with 3 AK-47 guns and ammunition drifted to the Raigad coast and was stuck at Harihareshwar Beach.

Speaking on the matter, Mumbai top cop Vivek Phansalkar informed, "Last night, Mumbai's traffic police control received some messages, talking about spreading terror, they were threatening. The texts mentioned that some of the threatener's associates are also active in India."

"A threat message warning of a 26/11-like terrorist attack was sent to the WhatsApp number of Mumbai Police traffic control from a Pak-based phone number. The threat message states that 6 people will execute the plan in India. A probe is underway," the Mumbai Police source said.

"The phone number from India could be hacked from Pakistan. Crime branch has started investigations to trace the number. In this context, registration of a case is underway at Borivali PS in Mumbai. We're sharing all the information we have so far with ATS Maharashtra," Mumbai CP further said.

"Let me assure you that Mumbai Police will not take this case lightly, we are fully investigating the matter... we are not ruling out any possibility. We have launched the 'Sagar Kavach' operation & alerted the agencies to secure maritime boundary," Phansalkar informed.

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