Thursday, July 11, 2013

IM terror tweets originated in Pak

Circuits of the bombs used in the Bodh Gaya blasts were completed using batteries, analogue clocks and detonators


Mateen Hafeez, Vishwa Mohan & Bharti Jain TNN


Mumbai/New Delhi: Two tweets purportedly from the Indian Mujahideen (IM) that claimed the terror outfit had carried out the serial blasts at Bodh Gaya and warned about a plot to attack Mumbai by July 13 have been traced to Pakistan. 

    The Twitter handle @In
dianMujahidin sent out the warning to Mumbai on July 6. It followed that up by claiming responsibility for the explosions at the Buddhist site in Bihar in a tweet on July 7, almost 12 hours after the explosive devices placed inside the temple complex had gone off.
 
    Sources in Maharashtra’s Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) and the home ministry in Delhi told TOIthat the person using the Twitter handle @IndianMujahidin had uploaded the messages from somewhere in Pakistan.     “Our probe has established that the tweets originated in Pakistan. We cannot pinpoint the exact city or location since we haven’t got a detailed report from Twitter,” a senior source in Maharashtra ATS said.
 
'MUMBAI NEXT' July 6, 1402 hrs “Hamara agla target Mumbai hai. Rok sago (sako) to rok lo. Seven days left”
July 7, 1832 hrs “9 dhamake humne karay (We carried out the nine blasts [in Bodh Gaya])”
    —@IndianMujahidin
Revenge is our objective: IM Twitter account
Mumbai/New Delhi: The Pakistani origin of the terror tweets has also been confirmed by home ministry sources and the IT department in Delhi.
 
    The @IndianMujahidin handle remained silent for three days before getting active briefly on Wednesday. It went silent after “unfollowing” the chief of Pakistanbased terror outfit Lashkare-Taiba (LeT) Hafiz Muhammad Saeed.
 
    The July 6 tweet warned that the IM, an LeT-sponsored group which has been linked to a spate of terror attacks beginning November 2007, would attack Mumbai during the weekend. It signed off with an audacious warning that IM, which had struck Mumbai earlier, would attack the city again by July 13. 
“Hamara agla target Mumbai hai. Rok sago (sako) to rok lo. Seven days left,” tweeted the IM account which introduced itself as theofficial accountof theterror outfit, saying that its objective was to take revenge against India. 

    Sources, however, acknowledgedthatthelocation could not be precisely determined unless Twitter gets back with the information India has sought. “It could be a case of spoofing or using a
proxy IP address. We cannot establish the exact IP address until the server provides us a detailed report. The preliminary report, however, suggests that the IP address is in Pakistan. We havesent a requesttoTwitter for the details,” an ATS officer said. 

    Official sources said the tweets just could be a brag or a prank, but said they were constrainedtoinvestigateits origin.Thefactthatit putout its first tweet barely 16 hours before the terror strike has forced agenciesto pursuethe US-based social network site for details on the account holder’s location.

    The account also claims the support of D Company, a reference to the underworld empire of the 1993 Mumbai blasts accused. 

    The first tweet from the Twitter handle came at 1402 hours on July 6. On July 7, at 1832 hours, there was another tweet saying “9 dhamake humne karay” (We carried out the nine blasts).


The Times of India, July 11, 2013

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