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Security for Pak cricket team reviewed

A country-wide alert has been sounded against terror strikes in the wake of an e-mail to a channel threatening an attack on the team.

cricket Updated: Nov 24, 2007 18:37 IST

Security for visiting Pakistani cricket team was on Saturday strengthened and a country-wide alert sounded by Union Home Ministry against terror strikes in the wake of an e-mail to a television channel threatening an attack on the team and a series of explosions.

An alert was sounded following intelligence inputs suggesting that various sleeper cells of militants outfits like banned Harkat-ul-Jehadi Islamia (HuJI) and Lashker-e- Taiba (LeT) would be targeting some key installations in the country, official sources said.

They said the security for the Pakistani cricket team, now playing a test match here, was further strengthened with more security personnel deployed at the hotels where they are staying.

The states and the Union territories have been asked to keep a strict vigil on their entry and exit points and deploy strengthen intelligence-gathering.

The states have also been asked to ensure beefed-up security to the public transport system which could be the target of militants, the sources said.

The email address -- guru_boys2000@yahoo.Com -- was created yesterday and central security agencies were trying to trace it.

Yesterday's email received from guru_alhindi@yahoo.Fr had been generated on November 22, a day ahead of the blasts in Uttar Pradesh and the authorities were in touch with the service provider to give other details including the server from which the email identity was registered.

First Published: Nov 24, 2007 18:34 IST