Friday, June 5, 2009

India on Alert, Possible Lashkar Terror Attack

Via The Hindu (h/t IntellBriefs) -

Following an intelligence alert about a possible terror strike, unprecedented security was in place in Hyderabad and major cities of Andhra Pradesh, with intensive frisking and checking of people and vehicles being carried out by security personnel for the second day in a row.

Security was enhanced around several important places in the State capital on Thursday after inputs from Intelligence Bureau (IB) that three terrorists had entered the country and are planning to strike important cities of south India.

Hundreds of armed policemen were deployed in different parts of the city besides additional security was placed in Basheerbagh, Nampally and Lakdi-ka-Pul area which houses the Hyderabad City Commissionerate's office, DGP's office including the State Assembly.

Amid fears of terror attacks, security was also beefed up around the historic Mecca Masjid near Charminar in Old City.

Hyderabad has witnessed two deadly terrorist strikes in 2007 at Mecca Masjid besides Lumbini Park and at an eatery that killed more than 50 persons and left scores injured.

Meanwhile, two suspects were picked up near the Mecca Masjid during search operations today and some batteries and wires were found in their bags, police said.

"Both the persons hailed from Karnataka and were let off after getting satisfactory replies during interrogation," a senior police officer told PTI.

Police had made elaborate security arrangements for the Friday prayers at Mecca Masjid, the police officer said adding these two persons were rounded up after they were moving in a suspicious manner near the mosque.

"During questioning the duo said they are from Raichur in Karnataka and after their interrogation they were let off," the police officer added.

Meanwhile, police have asked the public to be vigilant and alert while visiting public places and have also requested that they inform the cops on noticing anything suspicious.


I assume they are referring to
Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT)....

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