Letter threatens Mumbai synagogues over Gaza conflict

Police commissioner orders investigation; Indian megalopolis on high alert through end of Muslim holy month of Ramadan

A Chabad menora in Mumbai, India. (photo credit: Serge Attal/Flash90)
A Chabad menora in Mumbai, India. (photo credit: Serge Attal/Flash90)

Mumbai city police received a letter threatening to bomb Jewish sites in the city in retaliation for Israel’s operation in Gaza.

The letter, reported by Indian news outlets on Sunday, reportedly had threatened to launch the attacks on Friday, the last Friday of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. The letter was signed by the Indian Mujahideen.

Mumbai police commissioner Rakesh Maria ordered an investigation into who sent the letter and its threats, the Times of India reported.

“Maria you were lucky in 1993 to have escaped the wrath but this time you will not. Now we are going to carry a blast and it is a challenge for you if you can stop, stop it. Mujahideen,” the newspaper said that the letter read.

On March 12, 1993, a series of  explosions throughout Mumbai killed  257 people and injured 713. Organized crime groups were responsible for the blasts.

In November 2008, six Jews were killed at a Mumbai Chabad House as part of attacks on several sites throughout the city by an Islamist Pakistani group that left 166 dead and hundreds wounded.

Mumbai police reportedly are on high alert through the end of the Ramadan holiday later this week.

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