Four alleged members of Pakistan-based terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), who sneaked into the city to carry out "violent" attacks, could be "foreigners" and are believed to have infiltrated into the country from the Bangladeshi border, police said.
"The nationality of the four terrorists could not be ascertained yet, but they do not appear to be Indians. They could be from other country or countries," Mumbai Police Commissioner Sanjeev Dayal said.
The city police yesterday said that four suspected LeT operatives have sneaked into Mumbai recently to carry out "violent" attacks with the aim of causing "destruction" ahead of Christmas and New Year celebrations.
"The four jihadis were identified as Abdul Kareem Moosa, Noor Abu Ilahi, Walid Jinnah and Mahfooz Alam. The four recently sneaked into the city to carry out extremely dangerous activities," Joint Police Commissioner (Crime) Himanshu Roy had told reporters last night.
Roy had released a sketch of Jinnah and issued an advisory to the citizens of the metropolis to remain alert.
Sources said they had received information that the LeT operatives had sneaked into the country through the borders of Bangladesh.
"There is also a possibility that Jinnah could have changed his appearance, as his sketch was released. They were co-ordinating with the state and central intelligence agencies to track them down," said a senior police official, requesting anonymity.
On Tuesday, the Centre sounded a terror alert for Mumbai and Ahmedabad following specific Intelligence inputs that the LeT teams may have entered the two cities to carry out strikes.