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Taj Mahal Security Increased After Reported Threat From ISIS

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Taj Mahal in AgraReuters

According to reports, while one explosion took place near the station, another blast occurred on the roof of a house in the vicinity.

Two low intensity blasts were reported from Agra on Saturday morning.

The inner security of Taj Mahal, the biggest form for foreign and domestic tourists, is given by the Central Industrial Security Force, a central para-military force consigned with the task of preserving industrial units, airports, metro rail and various other sensitive places.

Superintendent of Police Sushil Dhule and a team of the bomb disposal and dog squads on Thursday evening visited the entire area around the Taj Mahal.

Police have reached the spot and no casualties have been reported so far.

Top police officials led a security drill on Friday on the banks of Yamuna River at the city of Agra, some 206 kilometres south of capital New Delhi after a website threatened to target the world heritage site.

The driver of a tractor trolley deployed to clear the garbage told the police that there was a loud explosion near the tyres and white smoke billowed from the blast when he was moving ahead.

In response to the threat, security has been increased near the Taj Mahal, a popular site for domestic and global tourists. "We are verifying the facts", said deputy inspector general of police (Agra range) Mahesh Kumar Mishra.

"Both the blasts were followed by smoke".

The explosions come close to the rumour of the Taj Mahal being attacked by the terrorists has been going viral on social media.

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