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ON THEIR TOES : Mumbai cops on alert to curb terror strike

Posted by :) on December 16, 2009

Send Audit Questionnaire To Schools, Colleges,Hotels, Malls

SOURCE : Mani D’Mello | TNN


Mumbai: Mumbai police is carrying out a huge security audit exercise in the city to prevent a terror attack on prime targets in the city.
Additional commissioner of police Vinay Korgaonkar conducted workshops on security audits around a fortnight back for force. Local police stations, as a followup to the workshop, have identified potential targets in their jurisdiction and have been sending out a security audit questionnaire to schools, colleges, hospitals, hotels, shopping malls and vital installations in Mumbai.
The threat to the iconic Bandra-Worli Sea Link is also being reviewed. “The security of the sea link is handled by a number of security agencies on land and sea and a coordinated security system will have to be worked out with the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) to prevent potential terror strikes,” a senior official said.
The questionnaire seeks details of the entire topography of the installations (internal and external), the number of employees and the average number of daily visitors on the premises during peak hours, the security measures already in place and the number of security personnel to guard the premises.
A video recording of a 360-degree walk-through view of the entire structure is one of the mandatory requirements to be furnished to the local police. Officials have requested the management of the institutions to share information with the police on suspects or likely vulnerability of a terror attack to the structure and even sought suggestions for sprucing up the security system.
“This exercise is to prepare us in advance to avert and deal with the situation in the event of a terror attack on an installation. We don’t want to be caught napping,’’ a senior official said. “We have surveyed the vulnerable targets in our jurisdiction and drafted a questionnaire to prepare an elaborate blue-print of every institution and
installation in the area. We will review the threat possibility to the installation or institution and suggest beefing up security measures in and around the premises if required. We will also provide necessary assistance to the institution to conduct security drills and secure the institution against terror attack. In the event of a terror attack, the police will be in a position to work out a counter-attack strategy by studying the blueprint,’’ an assistant commissioner of police said.
David Headley’s disclosures to the Federal Bureau of Investigations had come as an eye-opener, senior police officials admitted, explaining the new measures.

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LeT had planned attacks on Jewish prayer halls in 5 cities

Posted by :) on December 10, 2009

Headley Visited Chabad House In New Delhi Posing As A Jew

Source : TIMES NEWS NETWORK

New Delhi: Determined to spark an armed conflict between India and Pakistan, Lashkar-e-Taiba plotted a series of strikes on Jewish prayer halls in no less than five Indian cities, a plan which if it had succeeded, would have severely tested India’s restraint over going to war.
While Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had firmly ruled out use of armed force by way of retaliation after the 26/11 Mumbai attacks, the LeT plot involving David Coleman Headley has revealed the Pakistani-American jihadi had recced five targets, including a little known Chabad House in Delhi’s Paharganj area.
The targets were tucked away in nooks and bylanes very much like the Chabad House at Nariman Point in Mumbai which two members of the Lashkar squad attacked. He was planning synchronized terror strikes at Jewish houses in five cities including Pushkar, Goa, Pune and Mumbai. Apart from the National Defence College located in the capital, Headley went to Pushkar, famous for its annual fair, and stayed for three days in a room opposite a Jewish prayer house.
The investigations reveal Headley followed the same subterfuge as he did when he visited the Mumbai Chabad house, posing to be a Jew. It is remarkable that despite his close involvement in the Mumbai plot, he still chose to visit India with impunity and staked out Jewish establishments as he had in Denmark where his target was the Danish newspaper Jyllands Posten.
The planning again underlines the determination of Lashkar to carry out strikes in India which are intended to grab international attention and snap the fragile India-Pakistan engagement. The PM had ruled out options like air strikes on terror camps in PoK despite the former Air Force chief favouring such a course of action. But another big strike will bring the government under intense political pressure.
Headley’s teaming up with Tahawwur Rana, a Pakistani of Canadian citizenship, his frequent interaction with Lashkar handlers and a “retired” Pakistani army major point to the freedom with which LeT operates in Pakistan even after its so-called arrest of some important figures charged with planning 26/11.
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has found that Headley did recce of the Chabad House in Delhi which is barely 300 metres from the two hotels — De Holiday Inn and Anand — where he stayed from March 7 to March 10 before leaving for Pushkar to scout another Jewish centre.
The Chabad House in Paharganj is located in narrow lanes and is frequented generally by backpackers from Israel while either going to Dharamshala in Himachal Pradesh or to western parts of the country.
Sources in the agency said Headley, who had then been already under surveillance of US agencies, also visited the house and posed as Jew while carrying out his reconnaissance mission for terror group LeT. The NIA has recorded statement of a few residents who verified Headley’s visit to the Jewish centre, they added.
The new findings also solved the puzzle as to why Headley had chosen to stay in a budget hotel in Paharganj instead of staying in any posh hotels like he did during his Mumbai stay. It now appears that he used to stay in the area where he was supposed to carry out his mission. Investigators, therefore, believe that his visit to Paharganj was under a design. It could certainly be easier for him to recce the place which would be a potential target of the LeT jihadis in due course.
As a part of the same design, Headley subsequently travelled to Pushkar on the outskirts of Ajmer in Rajasthan where he insisted on a room opposite a Jewish prayer centre claiming he was a Jew and wanted “holy sight”.
The hotel staff, in their statements to the NIA, said that 49-year-old Headley had insisted on the room view which was right opposite to the prayer hall of the Jew centre in Pushkar.
After staying there for three days, Headley moved to Goa where he stayed at a guest house located in Anjuna village along the coast of Arabian sea before proceeding towards Pune where he visited the area around Koregaon Park. Though initially it was believed that he wanted to target foreigners at Osho Ashram, it was found later that he had scouted the area for targeting the Jewish prayer centre in the area. Headley then left for Mumbai where he went to the Cuffe Prade area and scouted for Israel Airways office before flying to Pakistan from the Chatrapati Shivaji airport.
HEADLEY CHARGED
Washington/New Delhi: What began as a FBI bust of a terror plot in Denmark to avenge the perceived insult to Prophet Mohammed, with a glancing reference to India to begin with, has been turned on its head.
US investigators on Monday charged Headley, with helping plot the Mumbai massacre of 26/11/2008 that killed 172 people, with the Denmark angle now a mere footnote.
The justice department complaint unsealed on Monday goes much further than the earlier affidavits, with first nine of the 12 counts against Gilani-Headley now pertaining to the terror plot against India.
In fact, the complaint, outlining Gilani’s recce missions to India to scout intended targets for Lashkar-e-Taiba, says he deliberately chose to change his name to “David Headley” on or about February 15, 2006, “in order to present himself in India as an American who was neither Muslim nor Pakistani”.
It is the first of many details in the complaint that show that Gilani was a long-time associate of Pakistani terror outfits.

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Software sector on terrorists’ hit list: home secy

Posted by :) on December 10, 2009

SOURCE : TIMES NEWS NETWORK


New Delhi: Home secretary G K Pillai on Wednesday said the country’s globally acclaimed software industry was high on terrorists’ hit list and sensitive installations like atomic plants and refineries located on the coast were vulnerable to terror attacks.
“We are world leaders in software. But software industry is high on the threat list,” Pillai said at a conference on ‘Challenge of Terrorism to India’s Infrastructure and Economy’.
Referring to new challenges in the context of what security agencies came to realise after the arrest of USbased terror duo David Coleman Headley and Tahawwur Hussain Rana, Pillai said the time had come to “think the unthinkable” as terrorists were adopting new strategies to breach the country’s security.
“As we have seen from the David Headley case, one can still slip through the radar… because we are not looking for them. This is one of the big problems. Because nobody would look for a US citizen, with a US passport and a business visa, you would not think that he is a terrorist,” he said.
The home secretary said if it could happen with a US national, it could happen with citizens of any other country and favoured necessary steps to deal with such cases.
On threat on India’s software industry, Pillai said all IT companies in India were now realising this fact and they were taking their own measures to protect themselves. “The government is also in partnership with many of the companies to provide adequate security (to foil any attempt by terrorists to target them),” he said.
Stating that petroleum and nuclear installations located on the western coast were highly vulnerable, the home secretary said steps were being taken to protect the country’s 7,500 km-long coastline through multi-layered security apparatus.“We have been trying to plug the loopholes in coastal security. There is a series of highly attractive installations on the west coast. No doubt it is still vulnerable,” he said.
Govt to step up N-plant security
The government has decided to review the security set-up at the nuclear and power installations across the country besides other vital buildings in view of intelligence inputs indicating terror threats. Home ministry sources said a security audit of all nuclear installations and power plants, especially those along the western and eastern coasts of the country, is being carried out jointly by the Intelligence Bureau and CISF.

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Terrorist group in INDIA

Posted by :) on December 7, 2009

India – Terrorist, insurgent and extremist groups

Assam
  1. United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA)
  2. National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB)
  3. United People’s Democratic Solidarity (UPDS)
  4. Kamtapur Liberation Organisation (KLO)
  5. Bodo Liberation Tiger Force (BLTF)
  6. Dima Halim Daogah (DHD)
  7. Karbi National Volunteers (KNV)
  8. Rabha National Security Force (RNSF)
  9. Koch-Rajbongshi Liberation Organisation (KRLO)
  10. Hmar People’s Convention- Democracy (HPC-D)
  11. Karbi People’s Front (KPF)
  12. Tiwa National Revolutionary Force (TNRF)
  13. Bircha Commando Force (BCF)
  14. Bengali Tiger Force (BTF)
  15. Adivasi Security Force (ASF)
  16. All Assam Adivasi Suraksha Samiti (AAASS)
  17. Gorkha Tiger Force (GTF)
  18. Barak Valley Youth Liberation Front (BVYLF)
  19. Muslim United Liberation Tigers of Assam (MULTA)
  20. United Liberation Front of Barak Valley
  21. Muslim United Liberation Front of Assam (MULFA)
  22. Muslim Security Council of Assam (MSCA)
  23. United Liberation Militia of Assam (ULMA)
  24. Islamic Liberation Army of Assam (ILAA)
  25. Muslim Volunteer Force (MVF)
  26. Muslim Liberation Army (MLA)
  27. Muslim Security Force (MSF)
  28. Islamic Sevak Sangh (ISS)
  29. Islamic United Reformation Protest of India (IURPI)
  30. United Muslim Liberation Front of Assam (UMLFA)
  31. Revolutionary Muslim Commandos (RMC)
  32. Muslim Tiger Force (MTF)
  33. People’s United Liberation Front (PULF)
  34. Adam Sena (AS)
  35. Harkat-ul-Mujahideen
  36. Harkat-ul-Jehad
Jammu & Kashmir
Terrorist Outfits

  1. Lashkar-e-Omar (LeO)
  2. Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HM)
  3. Harkat-ul-Ansar (HuA, presently known asHarkat-ul Mujahideen)
  4. Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT)
  5. Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM)
  6. Harkat-ul Mujahideen (HuM, previously known as Harkat-ul-Ansar)
  7. Al Badr
  8. Jamait-ul-Mujahideen (JuM)
  9. Lashkar-e-Jabbar (LeJ)
  10. Harkat-ul-Jehad-i-Islami
  11. Al Barq
  12. Tehrik-ul-Mujahideen
  13. Al Jehad
  14. Jammu & Kashir National Liberation Army
  15. People’s League
  16. Muslim Janbaz Force
  17. Kashmir Jehad Force
  18. Al Jehad Force (combines Muslim Janbaz Force and Kashmir Jehad Force)
  19. Al Umar Mujahideen
  20. Mahaz-e-Azadi
  21. Islami Jamaat-e-Tulba
  22. Jammu & Kashmir Students Liberation Front
  23. Ikhwan-ul-Mujahideen
  24. Islamic Students League
  25. Tehrik-e-Hurriat-e-Kashmir
  26. Tehrik-e-Nifaz-e-Fiqar Jafaria
  27. Al Mustafa Liberation Fighters
  28. Tehrik-e-Jehad-e-Islami
  29. Muslim Mujahideen
  30. Al Mujahid Force
  31. Tehrik-e-Jehad
  32. Islami Inquilabi Mahaz
Other Extremist and Secessionist Groups

  1. Mutahida Jehad Council (MJC) — A Pakistan based coordination body of terrorist outfits active in Jammu and Kashmir
  2. Jammu & Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF)– The dominant faction of this outfit declared a ceasefire in 1994 which still holds and the outfit restricts itself to a political struggle.
  3. All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) — an alliance engineered by Pakistan’s Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) of 26 diverse political and socio-religious outfits amalgamated to provide a political face for the terrorists in the State.
  4. Dukhtaran-e-Millat (DeM) — an outfit run by women which uses community pressure to further the social norms dictated by Islamic fundamental groups.
Manipur
  1. United National Liberation Front (UNLF)
  2. People’s Liberation Army (PLA)
  3. People’s Revolutionary Party of Kangleipak (PREPAK)
    The above mentioned three groups now operate from a unified platform, the Manipur People’s Liberation Front (MPLF)
  4. Kangleipak Communist Party (KCP)
  5. Kanglei Yawol Kanna Lup (KYKL)
  6. Manipur Liberation Tiger Army (MLTA)
  7. Iripak Kanba Lup (IKL)
  8. People’s Republican Army (PRA)
  9. Kangleipak Kanba Kanglup (KKK)
  10. Kangleipak Liberation Organisation (KLO)
  11. Revolutionary Joint Committee (RJC)
  12. National Socialist Council of Nagaland — Isak-Muivah (NSCN-IM)
  13. People’s United Liberation Front (PULF)
  14. North East Minority Front (NEMF)
  15. Islamic National Front (INF)
  16. Islamic Revolutionary Front (IRF)
  17. United Islamic Liberation Army (UILA)
  18. United Islamic Revolutionary Army (UIRA)
  19. Kuki National Front (KNF)
  20. Kuki National Army (KNA)
  21. Kuki Revolutionary Army (KRA)
  22. Kuki National Organisation (KNO)
  23. Kuki Independent Army (KIA)
  24. Kuki Defence Force (KDF)
  25. Kuki International Force (KIF)
  26. Kuki National Volunteers (KNV)
  27. Kuki Liberation Front (KLF)
  28. Kuki Security Force (KSF)
  29. Kuki Liberation Army (KLA)
  30. Kuki Revolutionary Front (KRF)
  31. United Kuki Liberation Front (UKLF)
  32. Hmar People’s Convention (HPC)
  33. Hmar People’s Convention- Democracy (HPC-D)
  34. Hmar Revolutionary Front (HRF)
  35. Zomi Revolutionary Army (ZRA)
  36. Zomi Revolutionary Volunteers (ZRV)
  37. Indigenous People’s Revolutionary Alliance(IRPA)
  38. Kom Rem People’s Convention (KRPC)
  39. Chin Kuki Revolutionary Front (CKRF)
Meghalaya
  1. Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC)
  2. Achik National Volunteer Council (ANVC)
  3. People’s Liberation Front of Meghalaya (PLF-M)
  4. Hajong United Liberation Army (HULA)
Nagaland
  1. National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Isak-Muivah) – NSCN(IM)
  2. National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Khaplang) – NSCN (K)
  3. Naga National Council (Adino) – NNC (Adino)
Punjab
  1. Babbar Khalsa International (BKI)
  2. Khalistan Zindabad Force (KZF)
  3. International Sikh Youth Federation (ISYF)
  4. Khalistan Commando Force (KCF)
  5. All-India Sikh Students Federation (AISSF)
  6. Bhindrawala Tigers Force of Khalistan (BTFK)
  7. Khalistan Liberation Army (KLA)
  8. Khalistan Liberation Front (KLF)
  9. Khalistan Armed Force (KAF)
  10. Dashmesh Regiment
  11. Khalistan Liberation Organisation (KLO)
  12. Khalistan National Army (KNA)
Tripura
  1. National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT)
  2. All Tripura Tiger Force (ATTF)
  3. Tripura Liberation Organisation Front (TLOF)
  4. United Bengali Liberation Front (UBLF)
  5. Tripura Tribal Volunteer Force (TTVF)
  6. Tripura Armed Tribal Commando Force (TATCF)
  7. Tripura Tribal Democratic Force (TTDF)
  8. Tripura Tribal Youth Force (TTYF)
  9. Tripura Liberation Force (TLF)
  10. Tripura Defence Force (TDF)
  11. All Tripura Volunteer Force (ATVF)
  12. Tribal Commando Force (TCF)
  13. Tripura Tribal Youth Force (TTYF)
  14. All Tripura Bharat Suraksha Force (ATBSF)
  15. Tripura Tribal Action Committee Force (TTACF)
  16. Socialist Democratic Front of Tripura (SDFT)
  17. All Tripura National Force (ATNF)
  18. Tripura Tribal Sengkrak Force (TTSF)
  19. Tiger Commando Force (TCF)
  20. Tripura Mukti Police (TMP)
  21. Tripura Rajya Raksha Bahini (TRRB)
  22. Tripura State Volunteers (TSV)
  23. Tripura National Democratic Tribal Force (TNDTF)
  24. National Militia of Tripura (NMT)
  25. All Tripura Bengali Regiment (ATBR)
  26. Bangla Mukti Sena (BMS)
  27. All Tripura Liberation Organisation (ATLO)
  28. Tripura National Army (TNA)
  29. Tripura State Volunteers (TSV)
  30. Borok National Council of Tripura (BNCT)
Mizoram
  1. Bru National Liberation Front
  2. Hmar People’s Convention- Democracy (HPC-D)
Arunachal Pradesh
  1. Arunachal Dragon Force (ADF)
Left-wing Extremist groups
  1. Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist)
  2. People’s War Group
  3. Maoist Communist Centre
  4. People’s Guerrilla Army
  5. Communist Party of India (Marxist Leninist) Janashakti
  6. Tritiya Prastuti Committee (TPC)
Other Extremist Groups
  1. Tamil National Retrieval Troops (TNRT)
  2. Akhil Bharat Nepali Ekta Samaj (ABNES)
  3. Tamil Nadu Liberation Army (TNLA)
  4. Deendar Anjuman
  5. Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI)
  6. Asif Reza Commando Force
  7. Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)
  8. Kamatapur Liberation Organisation (KLO)
  9. Ranvir Sena
source :http://www.satp.org/satporgtp/countries/india/terroristoutfits/index.html

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Major militant attacks in Pakistan

Posted by :) on December 7, 2009

Source :  AP

A look at major attacks in Pakistan since the start of October:
• Dec. 7: Suicide bomber kills 10 people outside court building in main northwestern city of Peshawar.
• Dec. 4: Gunmen and a suicide bomber attack a mosque in a military installation in Rawalpindi, killing 35.
• Dec. 2: Suicide bomber kills 2 outside Pakistani navy headquarters in Islamabad.
• Nov. 19: Suicide bomber kills 19 outside judicial complex in Peshawar.
• Nov. 16: Suicide truck bomber attacks a police station in northwest, killing six.
• Nov. 14: Suicide car bomber attacks a police checkpoint in northwest, killing 11.
• Nov. 13: Suicide car bomber strikes regional headquarters of the main spy agency in Peshawar, killing 10.
• Nov. 12: Gunmen kill a Pakistani working at the Iranian Consulate in Peshawar.
• Nov. 10: Suicide car bomber attacks crowded market in northwest, killing 26.
• Nov. 8: Suicide bomber hits crowded market in northwest, killing 12.
• Nov. 2: Suicide bomber kills 35 outside bank near Pakistan’s military headquarters in Rawalpindi.
• Oct. 28: Car bomb explodes in a crowded market in Peshawar, killing at least 112.
• Oct. 23: Suicide bomber kills seven close to a major air force complex in northwest.
• Oct. 22: Militants shoot and kill a senior army officer and a soldier in Islamabad.
• Oct. 20: Two suicide bombers attack the International Islamic University in Islamabad, killing six.
• Oct. 16: Three suicide attackers hit a police station in Peshawar, killing 13.
• Oct. 15: Teams of gunmen attack three security facilities in the eastern city of Lahore, leaving 28 dead.
• Oct. 12: Suicide car bomb explodes near a market in the northwestern Shangla district, killing 41.
• Oct. 10: Raid on the army headquarters in Rawalpindi leads to a 22-hour standoff that leaves nine militants and 14 others dead.
• Oct. 9: Suicide car bomb in busy market area in Peshawar kills 53.
• Oct. 5: Bomber dressed as a security official kills five staff members at the U.N. food agency’s headquarters in Islamabad.

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Terrorist Pictures

Posted by :) on December 6, 2009


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