Mumbai – Indian security services have thwarted, ‘’with the assistance of the Israeli security system,’’ a planned terrorist attack against Israelis at the Chabad house in Mumbai.
Two Pakistani suspects were arrested. They intended to carry out the attack in the coming days and were in possession of explosives, a drone and Google images of Nariman House, a five-story building in the Colaba area of South Mumbai.
“The Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) found some Google images from the accused of Chabad House located at Colaba. They informed us. Accordingly, we have beefed up the security at Chabad House, which already has very high security. A mock drill was also carried out on Thursday at the center and outside area,” an officer from the Colaba police station told the Hindustan Times.
The ATS took into custody Mohammad Imran Mohammad Yunus Khan, 23, and Mohammad Yunus Mohammad Yakub Saki, 24, the English-language daily reported on Sunday.
Indian authorities are investigating possible links between the suspects and the Iran Revolutionary Guards Corps. Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant recently revealed that more than 50 such terrorist attacks were foiled last year worldwide.
The same Chabad house was targeted in a terror attack in 2008, in which 6 people were murdered. Since then, the Indian police, in consultation with Israeli officials, decided to heighten security around the facility, which acts as a community center for the Jewish residents of Mumbai