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LeT may attack from sea, US warns India

Washington has alerted New Delhi to a possible Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) attack from the sea on India’a coastal cities including Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Shishir Gupta reports.

delhi Updated: Aug 14, 2013 23:23 IST
Shishir Gupta

Washington has alerted New Delhi to a possible Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) attack from the sea on India’a coastal cities including Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

The Indian counter-terrorism apparatus has taken the threat seriously and the Indian Navy, coast guard and state police along the 7,517 kilometre coastline have been alerted to a possible Lashkar attack akin to 26/11 attack in Mumbai.

Incidentally, the alert for a possible Pak terrorist attack from sea was sent by the CIA days before the 26/11 attacks.

Top government sources said that US intelligence agencies have alerted them to a possible strike from Hafiz Saeed’s group either from sea or in the mainland cities with terrorists crossing over from Bangladesh. “The state police of coastal states have been alerted at the highest level to the threat. We don’t want a repeat of 26/11,” said a senior official.

Inputs indicate that the naval wing of the LeT, headed by Yuqub, with top commanders like Muzammil and Abu Hamza (both involved in the 26/11 attacks) are planning new targets in India.

“Fresh troopers have been added. The Lashkar leadership with Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, Sajiid Mir aka Wasi bhai and Syed Abdur Rehman Hashim aka Pasha is intact and focused on attacking India,” said a senior official.

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif recently reiterated his commitment to stamp out terror from his country but India has decided to action on the inputs in light of the Hafiz Saeed group spreading its tentacles from Myanmar to Afghanistan.