Tourists vacate Taj Mahal after hoax bomb call

Over 1,000 tourists were asked to vacate India’s Taj Mahal monument last Thursday, March 4, after local police received a bomb threat which later the authorities said was a hoax call, according to a local media report.

An unidentified man was reported to call the Uttar Pradesh Police, claiming that a bomb was placed inside the iconic building and would explode soon.

Citing a local official, ANI news agency reported, “Bomb Disposal Squad and other teams carried out extensive search at Taj Mahal premises. No such object has been found yet. Man who called up to give info (of bomb) will soon be traced. I would like to assure you that there’s a 99 percent chance of it being a hoax call.”

The ivory-white marble mausoleum, built in 1653 by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal, is located on the southern bank of the river Yamuna in the Indian city of Agra. It is the biggest draw for tourists in India.

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