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More terror modules could be operating

The Maharashtra Anti Terrorism Squad fears three or more terror modules could be operating in Mumbai and newer strategies would be devised for busting them.

india Updated: Feb 17, 2008 17:13 IST

With the arrest of a Lashkar-e-Toiba terrorist from Uttar Pradesh who had done a recce of a dozen sensitive targets in the city, the Maharashtra Anti Terrorism Squad fears three or more terror modules could be operating in the financial capital and newer strategies will have to be devised for busting them.

"Considering the population of the city and the anonymity that various pockets offer, we feel there will be at least three to four more sleeper cells operational here though it is an analytical guess," a senior ATS officer told PTI in Mumbai.

Greater stress will be laid on strengthening the network of informants to get more leads so that the modules are busted in Mumbai which has been hit many times by the terrorists, including the serial train blasts in July 2006 which resulted in the deaths of 187 people, the officer, who did not wish to be named, said.

Fahim Arshad Ansari (35), born and bought up in Mumbai, was arrested by the UP Special Task Force along with seven other Lashkar men. During interrogation, they revealed that they planned to carry out strikes in the city.

Ansari, who received training at LeT camps in Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir, had started ground work in the run up to a terror strike in the city. He had rented a house in the city's red light district and was searching for one more flat.

"He had also surveyed possible targets and I think he was entrusted with the logistical support being a local. Once the two hideouts were in place, more terrorists would have moved into them and following which a delivery of the explosives would have taken place," said the officer.