Saturday, July 13, 2013

‘IM’ tweet traced to Karachi cyber cafe: Investigators

Policemen step up patrolling at Dadar station on Friday

City On Alert For July 13 Threat


Mateen Hafeez TNN

Mumbai: Security agencies, probing intothesuspectedIndian Mujahideen (IM)tweet,have reportedly zeroed in on a cyber café in Karachi from where the message claiming responsibility for the Bodh Gaya serial blastshadbeen uploaded. 

    Theclaim on theBodhGaya blasts may not be genuine, but the fact that the account generated its first tweet barely 16 hours before the explosions forced the agencies to take it up with the US-based micro-blogging giantTwitter Inctofindout the location that could have been usedtouploadthetweet.  Now, security personnel in the city are worried about Saturday—July 13—when the outfit has reportedly threatened to createhavocin Mumbai.

    July 13 is coincidentally the second anniversary of thetriple blasts in Mumbai. On July 13, 2011, three bombs planted at Zaveri Bazar, Opera House and near Dadar station exploded, killing 27 and injuring 127. The ATS arrested five suspected IM operatives, and the trial is still on in thecase.
    On the Centre’s request, Twitter Inc, on Thursday, suspended an account—@Indian-Mujahidin—for violation of the Twitter rule. But a second accountimmediately appearedon the site showing continuation from the first one and giving a deadline of 48 hours (July 13) to attack Mumbai. The new account even taunted by tweeting “Dekhte hai tum log kitne accounts block karte ho (Let’s see how many accounts you guys will block).” The first account issued a warning via its first tweet on July 6, giving a sevendaytimeframe.
    “Though it does not seem to be genuine, we cannot take a risk. Citizens’ safety is our priority. The tweet could be fake or someone mightbecreating panic, but we have to be on alert. The entire Force One staff, Quick Response Team commandos and special squads are on standby duty,” said an officer.
    “We do not think it is the IM who is tweeting. It is also possible that someone might have createdtheTwitter handlewith this name andisusedittocreate panic.IMhas notsent any email describing or claiming responsibility. Moreover, the terror outfit is known to have been using mobile internet to send threat mails,claim responsibility or communicate with media houses. It has never used a cyber Café where the chances of getting caught arehigh,” added another officer. 
On July 13, 2011, three blasts in planted at Zaveri Bazar, Opera House and near Dadar railway station exploded, killing 27 

    More than 24 blasts rocked Ahmedabad, killing 50, and equal number of bombs were found and defused in Surat on July 26, 2008 

    Four blasts were to be executed on July 31, 2012, on JM Road in Pune, but the operation got delayed by a day; the bombs exploded on August 1, 2012

The Times of India, July 13, 2013

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