Al Qaeda's Pakistan Arm Warns of Attacks in India


Islamabad, Feb 16 (IANS) Global terror network Al Qaeda's Pakistan arm has warned of attacks in India, particularly targeting upcoming international sports events like the Commonwealth Games, the Hockey World Cup and the IPL cricket league, a media report said.

Asia Times Online said it had received a message from Illyas Kashmiri, who heads the 313 Brigade, an operational arm of the Al Qaeda in Pakistan. It also has links with the Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed -- the two known terror outfits fighting in Jammu and Kashmir.

The message received Monday, two days after the Pune bombing which killed 10 people, warns international players against participating in the mega sports events in India.

"We warn the international community not to send their people to the 2010 Hockey World Cup, IPL and Commonwealth Games (to be held in Delhi in October). If they do, they will be responsible for the consequences," Asia Times said, translating the message originally received in Urdu.

Kashmiri, a Harkat-ul-Jihadi Islami commander in Pakistan having close ties with the Al Qaeda, is believed to have played a role in the 26/11 terror attacks in Mumbai.

Indian investigators believe that David Headley and Tahhawur Hussain Rana, the suspected Lashkar operatives who are in US custody, were reporting to the 313 Brigade. Headley and Rana are alleged to have helped the Lashkar-e-Taiba in plotting possible terror attacks in India.

References to the 313 Brigade were made in the intercepted conversations between 26/11 terrorists and their Pakistani handlers.

In its new email, the terror group has warned that "the mujahideen of 313 Brigade vow to continue attacks all across India until the Indian Army leaves Kashmir and gives the Kashmiris their right of self-determination".

It also makes a reference to the 1992 demolition of Babri Masjid and 2002 Gujarat riots.

"We assure the Muslims of the subcontinent that we will never forget the massacre of the Muslims in Gujarat and the demolition of Babri Masjid. We warn the Indian government to compensate for all its injustices, otherwise they will see our next action."

 

  

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  • ron, mumbai

    Wed, Feb 17 2010

    Where is the bhagrang dal,the rss,the bjp and of the shiv sena and mnns, the thackerays,maybe they are sleeping,because these people dont die,because,they know where,there will be a blast, attha marathi manus kai karnar? to hell with u all the the terrorrists

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  • Jaimini P.B., Manipal,Sharjah

    Wed, Feb 17 2010

    AL QAEDA's threat is very dangerous. If they swear..they will. Especially,in India, Al Qaeda can carry out its attack without any effort.India is a bread and butter for Al Qaeda !When our 25 para military jawans were killed by Moist without a fight in W.Bengal 2 days back,then imagine the power of Al qaeda which has been giving threat to Super Power USA all these years. India can prevent Al Qaeda from attacking if....All Indians stand together.But will it happne..?

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  • Nazia,dxb, Mangalore

    Wed, Feb 17 2010

    If they are really worried of babri masjid then they shuld have attacked gujrath not pune n other cities.This is a white lie,actually our dept knows who is areal culprit,but they simply blame outsiders n put a dust on aam janata's face telling tht its pak terrorists.All media hype.

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  • Nagesh, Udupi

    Wed, Feb 17 2010

    It is really pathetic to witness the incidents nowadays. Terrorism is like a epidemic, it should be washed out from the entire world. Because of the political game these people get the power to act like this. Entire world should get together to eradicate this epidemic.

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  • jackson, banglore

    Wed, Feb 17 2010

    Yes i agree with Mores.

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  • Melwin, Vogga/Doha

    Wed, Feb 17 2010

    The Pune attack has shown that terrorists have not lost their appetite to strike and garner international mileage. The upcoming Hockey World Cup is a fair target coming close on a Al Qeada leader's warning, something that should make our security agencies sit up and take notice. Its a challenge that India must take on and nip in the bud.

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  • M.Mathias, Mangalore

    Wed, Feb 17 2010

    There is a need of unity & precaution in people against terrorism all over the world. The main reason for terrorism in India is support & help of Indian muslims to terrorists. Don't touch unknown items like tiffin boxes,suitcases,bags in public places like bus stands, hotels,cinemas,buses,trains and inform to police immediately.For Pune blast actually the mistake done by German Bakery Restaurant Manager & staffs.Don't blame government every time, India is not a small country,people should take care of these things.

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  • ISMAIL K PERINJE, PERINJE/YANBU-KSA

    Tue, Feb 16 2010

    Terrorist have narrow intersts and political motives that they have nothing to do with islam or welfare of the community.These criminals are self assumed Jihadists who have an extreamely distorted understanding of Jihad.The so called Al Qaeda is harboured by Pakistan once up on time and their act of harbouring and encouraging to wage a proxy war aginst India were backfiring them as we were witnessing the daily bombing of Pak by them.A Barking dog never bites and India have every means to defend itself from any extrnal threat.

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  • Rajesh, Barbados

    Tue, Feb 16 2010

    Do not understand one thing! what is it all for?? what is their objective!! when they do their act there are victim for all the religion hence its pretty clear the issue with masjid and muslim is nothing more than just enticing the poor guys around.Well poor guys in india like me needs money and its up to individual if they want to sell onion or weapon rather create a new life or distroy it!!

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  • A Moras, Mangalore, India

    Tue, Feb 16 2010

    Sene... your turn to face them, if you have guts instead of attacking on women, churches, and innocent people. Prove that you are protecting our country our mother land rather than taking laws in your hands! Good luck.

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  • manish, canada

    Tue, Feb 16 2010

    These terrorist are cowards,placing bombs and killing innocent people. the central government policy has to be changed when it comes to dealing with terrorist. Hang them instead of keeping them in jail.

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