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Friday, Dec 06, 2019

‘We don’t know about any Indian Mujahideen’

A senior government official today told journalist that they are not aware of any Indian Mujahideen, which has claimed responsibility for the blasts in Bangalore and Ahmedabad, reports Amit Baruah.

india Updated: Aug 02, 2008 01:52 IST
Amit Baruah
Amit Baruah
Hindustan Times

The Indian Mujahideen, which has claimed responsibility for the blasts in Bangalore and Ahmedabad, is probably a front organisation of established jihadi groups, a senior official in Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s delegation to Colombo said on Friday.

“We are not aware of any such organisation,” the official, who preferred not to be identified, told journalists accompanying Singh from New Delhi for the two-day 15th SAARC summit in the Sri Lankan capital.

On whether the back-to-back blasts reflected a heightened terror capability, he said terrorists would strike wherever and whenever the opportunity presented itself. While the Bangalore bombs had a sophisticated design, the explosives used in Jaipur and Ahmedabad had a great deal of similarity. “There are some leads in the blasts,” the official said. The assessment is that the Bangalore-Ahmedabad blasts and the discovery of explosives in Surat could not have been possible without the assistance of a large number of Indian nationals.

Furthermore, the official said it was likely Singh would raise with his Pakistani counterpart Yusuf Raza Gilani the involvement of the ISI in the recent attack on the Indian embassy in Kabul. It was evident from the comments that India not only had intercepts relating to the attack but human intelligence as well. While making a distinction between rogue elements in the ISI and the government of Pakistan, the official said the process of dialogue with Islamabad would continue even as New Delhi raised its concerns on terrorism.

“The PM is very clear we can’t choose our neighbours,” he said, downplaying the recent skirmishes along the LoC. “No Kargil is being enacted here.”