Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Pakistan-trained terrorists planning to attack S. India

Centre Warns Of Sea Strike From Lanka


Mateen Hafeez TNN

Mumbai: The Maharashtra police have received a terror alert from central intelligence agencies warning that eight militants are undergoing training in Pakistan-based camps to attack targets in south India from Sri Lanka. 

    Sent by the joint director of VIP Security (under the Union home ministry) in New Delhi in mid-August, the nine-page alert states that four of the terror trainees are “Punjabis and the remaining Kashmiris or Pathans”. Their “drop-off point” is expected to be around 28-km off Jaffna and their target could be Mayiladuthurai or Madurai in Tamil Nadu, according to the alert.

    The warning asks security agencies across the country to be on high alert since the attack may come in “a few months”. Following the notice’s receipt, the Mumbai police have activated all their sources of information.
ANOTHER 26/11?
Alert issued by jt director, VIP Security, in mid-August
    Four of the 8 terrorists being trained in Pakistani camps are “Punjabis, the rest Kashmiris or Pathans”
    They plan to take sea route from Jaffna with the help of Sinhalese fishermen and target Mayiladuthurai or Madurai in Tamil Nadu
    Lankan agencies reported to have arrested 3 suspected Pak nationals in Feb. They confessed to illegally visiting Mumbai, Thiruvananthapuram on Lankan passports

‘Terrorist groups want to join hands to attack India’

Mumbai: The state police have received a terror alert, which says that Sri Lankan agencies are “reported to have arrested three suspected Pak nationals on February 2, 2013, who confessed to having visited Mumbai and Thiruvananthapuram on Sri Lankan passports. An unconfirmed input suggests entry of such elements in Kerala or Tamil Nadu through sea with the connivance of Sinhalese fishermen. It has been reported that LeT (Lashkar-e-Taiba) is plotting attacks in India and eight terror suspects are being trained in Pakistan”. 

    The alert expresses concern over the attempts of several terror outfits—including LeT, Babbar Khalsa International, Jaish-e-Mohammed, Jamat-ud-Dawaa, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, Al-Umer Mujahideen, Hizb-ul-Mujahideen—at joining hands to organize strikes in India. It also points
to several Pakistan-based groups’ efforts to use Sri Lanka as the launching pad for their operations in India. 

    The warning mentions various intel inputs gathered over time. One such input suggested the LeT is plotting to target the Wagah border crossing, particularly during the flag-lowering ceremony.

    Another bit of info—received in 2012 and uncorroborated—said that Lashkar-e-Jhangvi was planning a 26/11-style attack in New Delhi. Yet another input was of a meeting, “organised by LeT commander Habib ur Rehman”, of leaders of several militant outfits in Muzaffarabad in Pakistan this year. During the meet, the alert says, Rehman asked that maximum cadres be pushed into India to carry out “small targeted actions”.
    The warning also speaks of an input of a meet of terror groups where they decided to avenge the execution of Afzal Guru by striking Tihar jail.
The Times of India, August 21, 2013

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