A pair of Islamic terror suspects detained in India over the weekend had conducted surveillance of the Chabad center in Mumbai that was previously attacked in 2008, The Times of Israel reported, citing Indian media outlets.
The two men who were arrested in the western Indian city of Pune during a probe into a local Islamist terrorist group known as Al-Sufa were said to have been found in possession of explosives, drone equipment, laptops, and incriminating Arabic-language books. On one of the phones, there were pictures and GPS coordinates of the Nariman House in Mumbai.
The suspects were identified as Mohammed Imran, 23, and Mohammed Yunus Saki, 24, both from the town of Ratlam in central India.
Israel’s Channel 12 reported that Israeli intelligence bodies had cooperated in the probe leading to the arrests, and that security was being beefed up at the Nariman House.
The Nariman House was one of the targets in the coordinated terror assault across Mumbai in November 2008, perpetrated by Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba, in which 166 people were killed. Six hostages, including Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg and his pregnant wife Rivka, were murdered there.