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Terrorists sought in Mumbai

A day after issuing a terror alert for the holiday week, police in India's commercial capital of Mumbai launched a manhunt Friday for four suspected terrorists believed to have sneaked into the city.

"The police are on high alert all over the city. We cannot take any of these intelligence inputs lightly in the holiday season," said Nisar Tamboli, deputy commissioner of police in the Mumbai crime department. "Since yesterday, we are checking all the possible hideouts, small lodges and guest houses, railway stations. We are checking all the vehicles that are coming into the city."

Mumbai was the site of a deadly three-day siege in November 2008, when gunmen attacked two five-star hotels, a train station, a cafe and a Jewish prayer center, killing more than 160 people.

At a news conference Thursday, Mumbai police said four suspects had sneaked into the city four days earlier.

Authorities released a hazy sketch of a bearded man called Walid Jinnah.

Holding up Jinnah's image, senior police officer Himanshu Roy said the four men, all 20 to 30 years old, were members of the Pakistan-based militant group Lashkar-i-Taiba. He appealed to people to call police if they see any suspicious activity.

Roy did not provide information about the nationalities of the four men or the route they might have taken into Mumbai. India's Ministry of Home Affairs has also issued an alert, saying the western cities of Mumbai and Ahmedabad were particularly vulnerable.

Friday, police deployed in force at several crowded spots, government buildings and hotels in Mumbai.

"We are going to be on alert until the holiday week is over," Tamboli said.

This is the second time a terrorism alert has been issued in three months in Mumbai.

In September, police released two pictures of men days before a popular Hindu festival during which tens of thousands of people dance and sing in the streets.

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