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Meghalaya Police on Al-Qaeda alert

Intelligence agencies have confirmed that a hardcore Al-Qaeda operative Habib Tanbir has slipped in from B'desh to carry out "special operations".

india Updated: Nov 04, 2005 22:58 IST
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The Meghalaya police have been placed on high alert after intelligence agencies confirmed that a hardcore Al-Qaeda operative Habib Tanbir alias Ismail has slipped in from Bangladesh to carry out "special operations".

Following the information, all 22 police stations in East Khasi Hills have been asked to maintain"strict vigil". A circular issued by the police top brass has asked all police stations to "keep a lookout for Tanbir and apprehend him".

According to Superintendent of Police (Special Branch) AS Rynjah, Tanbir had slipped into India from Bangladesh through the Goalpara district of Assam, to carry a "specific operation".

The operative is believed to have come into the country on October 5. Tanbir is believed to be key member of the Al-Qaeda network. Photographs of Tanbir have also been circulated to all police stations. One photograph shows a clean-shaven Tanbir, who is probably in his late 20s. A second photograph shows him with a beard.

First Published: Nov 04, 2005 22:58 IST