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?Plot hatched in LeT camps?

Some of the suspects arrested for the foiled "mass murder" in UK posed as relief workers to travel to Lashkar-e-Tayyeba run camps in Pakistan to supposedly help out in the aftermath of the earthquake in October 2005.

india Updated: Aug 14, 2006 00:38 IST

Some of the suspects arrested for the foiled "mass murder" in UK posed as relief workers to travel to Lashkar-e-Tayyeba run camps in Pakistan to supposedly help out in the aftermath of the earthquake in October 2005.

The Mail on Sunday has said quoting intelligence and security sources that the whole plot to bring down aircraft over the Atlantic may have been hatched on these visits.

Money to finance this plot was moved by charities to some bank in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. "Key members of the British terror gang are understood to have travelled to the country's lawless border region with Afghanistan to learn bomb-making techniques," said the Mail.

There is, therefore, more than a few arrests to show for Pakistan's role in the terror plot. Seven persons have been arrested for alleged involvement but sources are now saying Pakistan probably has had a lot more do with the plo

The camps visited by these suspects were run by Lashkar-e-Tayyeba, which, according to India, has been behind many of the recent terror incidents. Its founder and former chief was put under house arrest the day the plot was unearthed in London. "These details emerged after it was revealed two of the men arrested in connection with the plot - Tayib and Rashid Rauf - have links to a British aid organisation, Crescent Relief," said The Mail.

At least three of the suspects arrested have been to Pakistan in recent months -- brothers Assad and Amjad Sarwar and taxi driver Waseem Kayani. A friend of the brothers said the visit was to help victims of the earthquake in Kashmir and North-West Frontier regions.

Osama’s men seen and heard in J&K

ARUN Joshi

FROM SUSPICION to confirmation. Recent reports of tall men speaking an alien language and demanding food and shelter through gestures in Lolab (Kupwara), Bandipore (Baramullah), Rajouri and Poonch seem to confirm that the Al Qaeda has arrived in J&K.

Intelligence sources said the Al Qaeda had apparently been roped in by the Lashkar-e-Tayyeba (LeT) to step up militancy in the Valley.

A police officer said: "Our investigations have revealed that the LeT is playing host to the Al Qaeda in J&K. All new arrivals are being guided to LeT hideouts." The police have now constituted a special cell to thwart the Al Qaeda's plans to operate in the state.

Intercepts of telecommunication messages between militants in J&K and their mentors in Pakistan also suggest that Al Qaeda cadres are present in the Valley.
This has been suspected for some time. Even before an anonymous caller told a news agency last month that the Al Qaeda had arrived, the recovery of sophisticated gadgets — laptops, satellite phones and night-vision devices — had hinted at its presence.