Intelligence alert over terror attacks on US Consulate in Mumbai and railway stations in many states

Indian Navy’s western command has received a threat letter about a possible terror attack on the US consulates in Mumbai and Kolkata and railway stations in many states on July 21.

Al Zehad, a little-known terror organisation has sent a letter to Indian Navy’s western command threatening attacks at various locations on July 21, intelligence sources said.

According to the intelligence inputs , the letter warns terror attack at American consulates in Mumbai and Kolkata and railway stations in Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Chennai.

High alert has been sounded in all the states and the security has been beefed up.

The headquarters of Western Naval command has cautioned the Mumbai Police about the recent terror threat posed by the Al Zehad,a terror organisation.

The input has also been shared with the Intelligence Bureau headquarters and its wings in Hyderabad, Kolkata, Bangalore and Mumbai.

The letter has been forwarded to the Intelligence Bureau (IB) and the ministry of home affairs (MHA). It has also learned that the US Consulate officials are the target after an anonymous letter with Al-Jihad logo was sent to them.

Amitesh Kumar, deputy inspector general of police, ATS stated, “In view of the death penalty to Himayat Baig in the German Bakery bomb blast case and the recent blast in Bangalore, retaliation cannot be ruled out. IM can possibly launch a fresh terror strike.”

The state intelligence department is reviewing security arrangements of the targets in Mumbai as the locations mentioned in the threat letter were also recced by David Coleman Headley ,details of which were shared by American investigators in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks case with their Indian counterparts.

The US has issued a worldwide travel alert to its citizens, including South Asia in February , where it said terrorist outfits such as al-Qaeda, the Taliban and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) might harm them.

“US citizens are reminded to maintain a high level of vigilance and to take appropriate steps to increase their security awareness,” the State Department said in a statement yesterday.

Noting that current information suggests that al-Qaeda, its affiliated organisations, and other terrorist outfits continue to plan terrorist attacks against US interests in multiple regions, including Europe, Asia, Africa, and West Asia, the State Department said these attacks may employ a variety of tactics including suicide operations, assassinations, kidnappings, hijackings, and bombings.