Terror threat to WC final, militants buy 17 tickets

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  1. Oracle

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    NEW DELHI: The Centre has warned Maharashtra police about a possible terror plot to target the cricket World Cup final in Mumbai on April 2.

    According to sources, intelligence agencies have claimed that they have specific inputs about 17 tickets being bought by possible terror suspects for the World Cup final, with the possible aim of sabotaging the game. The inputs say the plot is being planned as a joint operation between Lashkar-e-Toiba and Jamaat-e-Ahle-Sunnat.

    While LeT's avowed strategy to attack India is well known, it is for the first time that a Barelvi group, perceived to be liberal compared to the Deobandi strand followed by LeT, is being cited as a possible organizer of a terrorist attack in India. It is also noticeable that the two groups, not known to share any common ideological ground, are collaborating on such an operation.

    Jamaat-e-Ahle-Sunnat recently captured media attention when some 500 Islamic scholars assembled under its banner to express support to the killer of Punjab governor Salmaan Taseer. They also advised Muslims not to offer funeral prayers for Taseer.

    According to inputs gathered by security agencies, someone linked to this collaboration between LeT and the Barelvi group has bought 17 tickets for the final. A group is expected to travel from Bangladesh to Mumbai for the April 2 final at Wankhade Stadium with these 17 tickets, inputs show.

    The Centre has already instructed all states where World Cup matches are being held to step up security, after several inputs of terrorist threat. US agencies have cautioned both India and Bangladesh about possible terrorist threat to the matches, and have even warned that al- Qaida may want to target cricket stadiums.

    Sources said Maharashtra police has already stepped up surveillance in Mumbai to look out for a possible group that could target the final match.

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    When there is already intel about it, i expect all security agencies co-ordinating and busting out any of such plans.

    If anything happens in final inspite of intel then it will be utter shame for a nation from which it will be very hard to recover for coming years.
     
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    It was Pakistan FO which Provided the intelligence input to forewarn india about attacks.but typical india media call sharing input as admission.How thankless indians can be is showed from their such psyche.



    There might be a possible terror attack threat to the cricket World Cup final to be held at Wankhede stadium, Mumbai, on April 2. The Indian High Commissioner has been warned by Pakistan Foreign Office that a terror attack might happen on high profile events like the final match and home secretary level talks which is to be held in New Delhi.

    It is said that Pakistan Foreign Office summoned the Indian High Commissioner to discuss the possible 'terror threat'. It is also indicated by sources that Pakistan issued the advisory to India saying that Pakistan-based terror group could target New Delhi or Mumbai.

    The Indo-Pak Home Secretary level talks will be held in New Delhi on 27th of March. Pakistan Interior Secretary is travelling to New Delhi for the talks.
     
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    well your country will do everything to disturb WC as u don't want to face India in India lolllllll
     
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    the pathetic standards of our media sickens me. media should not be biased and should simply state facts. Also the background music is highly unnecessary. This isn't a movie.
     
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    Agreed that media needs to be more responsible, but all media houses (print/electronic) are biased towards a particular Country, ideology, religion or political party. By distorting news, media in India cannot up the ante and have the desired ripple effect to achieve anything insane. India is no Pakistan. And w.r.t the Pakistani FO informing Indian authorities - it would be better if for a start they open their eyes and stop their State policy of creating & nurturing terrorists, and then washing off their hands stating 'non state actors' and be seen as harbingers of doom all around the world.

    For a start from an Indian perspective, let Pakistani FO have the credit for providing the Intel.
     
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    'Serious' terror threat to World Cup final

    The latest terror alert concerning the cricket world cup has been issued by the Union Home Ministry. The threat about an attack planned by the Lashkar-e-Tayiba and the Jamaat-e-Ahle-Sunnat is specific to the world cup final, which will be played on April 2.

    Almost a month before the world cup, Intelligence Bureau sources had said that the most important cricketing event would be a target for terrorists.

    Although the official line that the Lashkar tows while making its anger public against the game is jihad (holy war), the real reason is that the attention the outfit would get out of such an attack is immense.

    According to the IB, the Lashkar has roped in the Jamaat-e-Ahle-Sunnat, which had warned Pakistanis against offering prayers for the assasinated Punjab Governor Salman Taseer, to carry out the attack

    The Home ministry advisory on these two groups coming together to carry out an attack indicates a deadly cocktail of Islamic fanatics.

    The IB says that the JAS is just another offshoot of the Lashkar. It was predictable that more such splinter groups would come out in the wake of the international pressure on Pakistani intelligence agency Inter Services Intelligence to shut down the Lashkar.

    If one looks closely at the JAS, it mainly comprises religious scholars who were originally part of the Lashkar. For quite some time now, the Lashkar has been making it clear that cricket will not be accepted in Pakistan.

    They had always been vocal about the fact that Pakistan should never play cricket. They put this ideology into practice with the attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team some time back. The incident had ensured that cricket in Pakistan was banned for a long time.

    The Lashkar needs to justify each attack for public consumption, the IB says, adding that this is when these religious scholars come into the picture. They justify the attack either by connecting it to God or religion.

    In the case of cricket, the Lashkar's theory is simple.They feel that each and every Pakistani should focus all his attention on jihad. They find that there is more frenzy in Pakistan towards cricket than jihad.

    The Lashkar stated while people won't spend a single day for jihad, but can sit and waste upto five days watching cricket.

    Security agencies, however, rubbish this ideology and say that the only intention in their mind is mass murder.

    Sport has always been a soft target and they are well aware that providing security around stadiums is no easy job.

    The entire security pattern apart from screening and detection revolves round intelligence who will need to give very specific information about the movement of these terrorists.

    Coming back to the case on hand, the fact that the Lashkar has roped in the JAS is another indication that they want this organisation to gain recognition in the international community.

    They are clearly not content with the world knowing the JAS as a small fanatic group and would like the world to know about their capabilities. While the Lashkar would also want some of the heat on it to reduce, it would also want to create a new group, which would carry out its activities in their name. Hence, the birth of the JAS.


    The intercepts pertaining to the existing threat suggests that 17 JAS terrorists have purchased tickets and would be travelling to the venue and carry out a fidayeen-styled attack.

    Currently, all venues where the matches are being played are under tight scrutiny and the names of all the ticket holders are also being scanned.

    When a police source was contacted, he said that the threat was serious.

    "We would need the cooperation of all those present at these venues. We know that it is hard for them to keep down their excitement levels but they would have to cooperate and also inform the security about any suspicious movement in the interest of over all security," he said.

    In addition to this, Intelligence sources also say that police officials should not focus all their attention just on the cricket ground.

    The team routes and important locations of the place in which the games are being played could also come under attack. Hence, a state of high alert needs to be maintained everytime a game is played in the cricket world cup.

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