NEW DELHI (dpa) – A fishing vessel exploded when it was intercepted by the Indian Coast Guard near the maritime border with Pakistan, officials and news reports said Friday.
Indian authorities hailed the boat around midnight late Wednesday about 365 kilometres south-west of the Gujarat port of Porbunder, the Defence Ministry said.
After a brief pursuit, the boat stopped, the crew disappeared below deck, and a fire broke out followed by a large explosion, it said.
Intelligence suggested it had left from Pakistan and was planning an “illicit transaction” off the Indian coast, the release said.
Further intelligence sources cited by Times Now news channel said it was probably carrying explosives for the Pakistan-based militant organisation Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT).
The group was behind an attack on India’s financial Mumbai in November 2008, when 10 gunmen reached the city by sea from Pakistan and killed 166 people.