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Delta Flight Makes Emergency Landing In Mumbai After Alert

A Delta passenger jet with 244 people aboard has made an emergency landing in Mumbai, following the discovery of an unidentified object in the plane's cargo hold, according to CNN and Indian broadcaster NDTV.

After landing, the plane was taken to an isolated area where all the passengers were taken off and law enforcement agents conducted a search, according to reports. According to NDTV, officials declared an emergency alert, which has now been lifted.

The network says the alarm was raised by a Delta employee in Amsterdam.

The incident comes as President Obama prepares to visit India this weekend as part of his trip to several Asian countries.

Earlier Thursday, the U.S. Treasury Department moved to seize or freeze assets linked to two terrorist groups, Pakistan-based Lashkar-e Taiba and the Kashmir-separatist movement Jaish-e Mohammed. As the AP reports:

Lashkar-e Taiba is blamed for the four-day shooting and bombing rampage through India's financial capital that killed 166 people, including six Americans. The group is also blamed for deadly train bombings in Mumbai in 2006.