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Terrorists use internet to stay ahead of cops

News updates on the internet seem to have become terrorists’ best friends.
Hindustan Times | By Faizan Haider, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 05, 2012 02:03 AM IST

News updates on the internet seem to have become terrorists’ best friends.

Interrogation of the dozen arrested terrorists, who belong to different organisations, have revealed that most of them were equipped with hi-tech gadgets and used them to keep a tab on police movement through Google news alerts.

While on the move, these terrorists would keep a check on online news updates about them and change their location accordingly, police said.

“In the age of internet, it is difficult to hide anything. The terrorists used to search for news alerts by using key words such as terrorist arrest, Delhi Police special cell, Indian Mujahideen or names of different organisations,” said a senior police officer requesting anonymity.

They also kept an eye out for updates on terrorists they knew.

Delhi Police’s sleuths found out about the trend after they arrested six suspected Indian Mujahideen operatives in November last year in connection with key terror cases.

“With their arrest, we solved the Jama Masjid blast case, the Pune German Bakery blast case and the Chinnaswamy stadium terror attack case. During interrogation, they told us how they managed to evade the police.,” the officer further said.

A similar trend was noticed when two Lashkar-e-Toiba operatives were nabbed in Delhi on Wednesday. This time the police was careful about revealing names of the arrested duo.

“We had nabbed them on Tuesday night, and the news was on the internet by early Wednesday morning. The third terrorist, who we managed to arrest later, changed his location after hearing about the arrest of his two accomplices,” the officer said, adding, “Since there are various agencies involved in the operation, it is difficult to keep the arrest under wraps.”

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