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Mumbai Traffic Police Receive Whatsapp Messages Threatening ’26/11′ Attack, Investigation Launched


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The Mumbai traffic police control room received several text messages on its helpline WhatsApp number threatening an ’26/11′ type attack, an official said on Saturday.

The Mumbai traffic police control room received several text messages on its hotline WhatsApp number threatening a “26/11 type” attack, an official said on Saturday.

On the face of it, the number the messages were sent from is from outside the country, he said. “Text messages were received on the WhatsApp number of the Mumbai Police Roadside Helpline operated from the control room located at Worli in central Mumbai at around 11 p.m. on Friday,” the official said.

“In the series of messages, the sender threatened a 26/11 type attack,” he said, adding that the city’s crime branch had opened an investigation into the matter.

In one of the most horrific terrorist attacks in the country’s history, 166 people were killed and more than 300 injured as 10 heavily armed terrorists from Pakistan wreaked havoc in Mumbai on November 26, 2008.

Nationalist Congress Party opposition leader Ajit Pawar said the state government must take the threat seriously and investigate.

Shiv Sena MP Priyanka Chaturvedi also commented on the matter. “First Raigad takeover, now the threat message from the police. What is happening in Maharashtra?” she said.

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