Days before Prince William and Princess Kate are scheduled to arrive, a terror alert has been issued for the city of Mumbai, India. This comes after Pakistani extremists entered the region with firearms and a “suicide vest.”
From The Daily Mail:
Police in India have issued a terror alert warning three jihadis may have entered the country just days ahead of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge‘s official visit. The warning said the terrorists armed with guns, ammunition and a suicide belt could target Delhi, Goa and Mumbai – the city where the couple will begin their tour. According to reports in India, the three terrorists are suspected to have entered the country via the Punjab region which borders Pakistan.
India has been targeted by terrorists before, most notably in 2008, when gunmen spent four days killing 164 people in a series of coordinated attacks across Mumbai. According to reports, the three Pakistani terrorists are travelling in a Maruti Swift Dzire car with the license plate JK-01 AB-2654, and a local from the Punjab region is thought to be with them. It comes just days after Indian security agencies killed three terrorists in shootouts and they were tipped off about the presence of jihadis entering the country from Pakistan.
The Royal couple’s visit to Bhutan and India this week will see them stay in the Mumbai hotel which was targeted in the city’s 2008 terror attacks in which 164 people were killed. The attacks saw 10 members of an Islamic militant organisation based in Pakistan carry out several days of coordinated attacks across Mumbai. The attackers, who landed in the area via speedboats, used assault rifles and bombs to kill both tourists and locals at a series of landmark hotels and cafes.
Kensington Palace refused to comment on whether the alert would affect the couple’s travel plans, which begin when they arrive in Mumbai on April 10. In a press release to mark the details of their trip, a spokesperson last month said the trip would begin with a trip to the Taj Palace Hotel.. The spokesperson added: ‘The Taj was one of the scenes of the terrorist attacks in Mumbai in November 2008 and is now an iconic symbol of the city’s resilience and strength.
‘The stories of the bravery and dedication of the staff there are now known around the world. ‘The Duke and Duchess are following in the footsteps of other world figures, including The Prince of Wales and the US President who have both used their stays at the hotel to display solidarity with the people of this great city. ‘On arrival they will lay a wreath at a memorial inside the hotel and meet members of staff who helped protect guests during the attack.’
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