New Delhi: In a startling revealation, the four suicide attackers travelling in the mysterious boat which exploded after being intercepted by the Indian Coast Guard in the Arabian Sea, wanted to reportedly target naval vessels.
The suicide attackers wanted to attack naval vessels in Porbandar, as per news reports.
The incident took place on the intervening night of December 31 and January 1 after Indian Coast Guard got suspicious as the crew members were not dressed as fishermen and were not carrying nets.
The Indian Coast Guard received inputs at around 8:30 am on December 31 about the suspicious boat.
When they intercepted the boat, the occupants set it on fire causing it to explode about 365 km off the coast of Porbander in the Arabian Sea.
The authorities were looking for the search of the wreckage of the mysterious boat which will be crucial for investigators to reach a conclusion about their intent.
The Coast Guard has increased vigilance along the Gujarat coast after the boat incident and also in view of the two upcoming high-profile events here - Pravasi Bharatiya Divas and Vibrant Gujarat Summit.
Pravasi Bharatiya Divas will be held from January 7-9 and Vibrant Gujarat Summit from January 11-13.
(With PTI Inputs)