ISIS warns of attack on Taj Mahal, graphic depicts heritage site as possible target
19 March, 2017, 00:18
Hours after there were reports of two low-intensity blasts in Agra early on Saturday morning, city police officials declared that preliminary investigations seem to indicate only one of the two was a "crude bomb blast".
Security exercises were carried out even on Friday, despite the Taj Mahal being closed to visitors.
The internal security of Taj Mahal, the biggest draw for foreign and domestic tourists, is provided by the Central Industrial Security Force, a central para-military force entrusted with the task of protecting industrial units, airports, metro rail and various other sensitive places. The cops also said that Saifullah was "self-radicalised".
According to Site Intelligence Group, an agency that tracks jihadi activities on the web, the graphic by the Ahwaal Ummat Media Centre was posted on a channel of encrypted communication app Telegram on March 14.
A team of security officials and railways have been rushed to the spot.
A threat letter has also been reportedly found near the station. "No one was injured", deputy inspector general of police Mahesh Mishra said, news agency Deutsche Presse-Agentur reported.
The graphic features an ISIS fighter wearing combat fatigues and black headgear armed with an assault rifle standing near the Taj Mahal.
Train operations have not been affected.Yesterday, security at the Taj Mahal was stepped up after reports of a possible terrorist attack emerged on the 17th century monument."A link, threatening to target the Taj Mahal, was being circulated on WhatsApp", said Daljeet Singh Chaudhary, Additiona. They were caught by CISF personnel and given to local police.
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