West India state on alert amid reports of militants entering

A top Indian official says the western Indian state of Gujarat has been placed on high alert after officials received intelligence reports that around 10 suspected militants from Pakistan had entered the state.

Gujarat's home minister, Rajnikant Patel, said Sunday that policemen were checking cars and buses on highways and at the entrance of major cities and towns in the state.

Patel said some fishing boats had been found abandoned near the coast over the past few days, raising suspicions that militants from Pakistan had entered Gujarat by sea.

Security patrols have been increased along Gujarat's coastline in fears of an attack emanating from neighboring Pakistan.

In 2008, armed militants entered Mumbai, India's financial hub, by boat from Pakistan and launched a terror attack in which 166 people were killed.