US, UK, Oz warn of 'imminent' terror attacks in New Delhi

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  1. Oracle

    Oracle New Member

    Mar 31, 2010
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    Bangalore, India
    NEW DELHI: In fresh advisories, the US, UK and Australia on Saturday warned of "imminent" terror attacks in New Delhi, particularly in market places like Connaught Place, Greater Kailash and Chandni Chowk, which are "attractive targets" for terrorist groups.

    Highly placed government sources said that the advisories are being taken "seriously" and Delhi Police has been asked to be on "full alert".

    "This Warden Message provides updated information related to the April 21, 2010 Warden Message and additional information related to the Travel Alert issued for India on April 16, 2010," said the renewed US advisory primarily intended for American citizens in India.

    It said there are "increased indications that terrorists are planning imminent attacks in New Delhi."

    The advisory noted that terrorists have targeted places in the past where US citizens or Westerners are known to congregate or visit.

    "Markets such as those located in Chandni Chowk, Connaught Place, Greater Kailash, Karol Bagh, Mehrauli, and Sarojini Nagar, can be especially attractive targets for terrorist groups," the advisory said.

    It advised American citizens that if they are in an area where unattended packages are spotted, they should immediately exit the area and report the packages to authorities.

    "Americans travelling or residing in India are strongly encouraged to maintain a high level of vigilance, remain aware of their surroundings, monitor local news reports, and take appropriate steps to bolster their personal security," it said.

    In its advisory, the UK said, "At this time there are increased indications that terrorists are planning attacks in New Delhi."

    "You should be particularly conscious of security considerations in the vicinity of key government installations and tourist sites," the UK's Foreign and Commonwealth Office said.

    Australian advisory said, "Reliable reporting indicates that terrorists may be planning to attack markets in New Delhi, including those frequented by foreigners. Such attacks could occur at any time from 22 April."

    It "strongly" advised Australians to avoid all markets in New Delhi until further notice and exercise "high degree of caution".

    These countries have been issuing such advisories in the past also but this time they have talked about an "imminent" threat about terrorist strikes in Delhi.

    Government sources said Delhi is always "high" on the terror target and additional forces are being deployed in the city.

    Delhi Police issued an appeal asking the public to be "vigilant and fully cooperate" with it. It said, "Delhi Police is aware of the advisory issued by Embassy of the US that there are increased indications that terrorist attacks are imminent in New Delhi. Delhi Police is taking appropriate measures in this regard."

    The UK advisory also identified markets such as those in Chandni Chowk, Connaught Place, Greater Kailash, Karol Bagh, Mehrauli and Sarojini Nagar, as "especially attractive targets", like it was done by the US.

    A number of Delhi markets were bombed in 2008 and Sarojini Nagar in 2005.

    Australia further said that credible reporting suggests that terrorists may be planning attacks in India directed at hotels frequented by foreigners, including perceived Western-owned hotels and terrorists may also be planning attacks against Indian political and security interests.

  3. ajtr

    ajtr Veteran Member Veteran Member

    Oct 2, 2009
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    Lashkar intercept puts Delhi on alert

    NEW DELHI: The security agencies in the Capital spent a sleepless Friday night after electronic surveillance intercepted a specific instruction from Pakistan-based Lashkar commanders to attack a crowded place in the city on Saturday.

    The task was assigned to a Lashkar cell drawn from Kashmiri terrorists and the real-time threat led the Centre to put Delhi Police on a full scale alert. And even though the threat passed off, the intercept with its deadly intent has underlined the continued menace emanating from Lashkar.

    Sources in the government said the intercept stood out because of the precise nature of the task. The assessment of Indian agencies about an impending attack was endorsed by western intelligence as well with US, UK and Australia renewing warnings to their nationals in India. In fact, US spoke clearly of an "imminent attack" by terrorists in Delhi.

    While authorities here issued an alert on Friday evening, the US, UK and Australian missions issued advisories on Saturday morning, warning their citizens against terror threats lurking in market places like Connaught Place, Greater Kailash and Chandni Chowk and near government offices.

    With the current alert being the third US advisory since April 16 about "terror threats" against New Delhi, the determination of Lashkar to hit India again is obvious.

    The intercept tallied with the strong estimate that Lashkar is pressuring the fugitives belonging to Indian Mujahideen, Khalistani dead-enders, as well as its J&K cell to carry out a spectacular strike in crowded settings in the "Indian mainland" ahead of the Commonwealth Games.

    The plot also validates the cautious approach of India on when to start the composite dialogue with Pakistan. Sources said that in the meeting with his Pakistani counterpart Yusuf Raza Gilani, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had insisted full-scale engagement will have to wait till Pakistan takes credible steps to dismantle the terror machine.

    Singh, according to sources, specifically brought up the issue of Lashkar chief Hafiz Mohammad Saeed being allowed to carry on with his hate-filled rhetoric against India with impunity.

    Gilani responded by assuring Singh that Pakistan would fulfil the commitment it made on January 6, 2004 not to let its territory be used to launch terror strikes against India. During his one-on-one meeting with Singh, the Pakistani PM even agreed with Singh's contention about the threat posed by Saeed, saying that legal ways have to be found to deal with the problem.

    The PM came back from the meeting wtih the feeling that Gilani spoke with the authority that the recently-enacted 18th constitutional amendment to the Pakistan constitution has conferred upon his office.

    But the latest of a spate of disclosures about continued plotting of terror attacks against India by Lashkar is a pointer to the challenge Pakistan faces in clearing the litmus test of "credible measures against terror" Manmohan Singh set for it in Thimphu. More so, because of the growing evidence of infiltration being on the rise in J&K.

    In fact, the government here has been trying to tamp down expectations of the talks between the foreign secretaries and foreign ministers -- as agreed in Thimphu -- automatically leading to the restoration of the composite dialogue.

    For all its assurances, Pakistan has shown little inclination to deter Lashkar from targeting India. A similar alert was sent to the Delhi Police in the wake of a US advisory on April 21 as well. However, the latest one was backed by "certain specific inputs", said sources in the home ministry.
  4. nandu

    nandu Senior Member Senior Member

    Oct 5, 2009
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    Youth held for triggering terror panic in Delhi

    Jammu and Kashmir Police have detained a youth alleged to be the brain behind spreading panic by making calls claiming that blasts will be carried out in crowded markets of Delhi, which had prompted even the United States to issue a travel warning.

    Highly-placed sources in the Jammu and Kashmir Home Department said that the man was detained in the wee hours after a massive manhunt was launched to nab him.

    Last week, the security agencies had monitored his activities including his conversation with one Furqan, suspected to be a Lashkar-e-Taiba operative across the border, and claiming that a group had entered India through Bangladesh and Nepal to carry out blasts in the national capital.

    He is alleged to have been roped in by overground workers of separatist and terror groups for making such frivolous calls and creating panic among the intelligence agencies and unrest in other parts of the country, the sources said.

    The Kashmiri youth had earlier also misguided the intelligence agencies by indulging in these kinds of acts, they said.

    However, in absence of any stringent law, he managed to walk free, the sources said.

    The successive warden notices issued by the U.S. and sharing of intelligence by the American authorities raised eyebrows this time following which the authorities decided to get to the bottom of the case.

    The U.S. had issued a fresh advisory warning of “imminent” terror attacks in New Delhi, particularly in busy market places like Connaught Place, Greater Kailash and Chandni Chowk, which are “attractive targets” for terrorist groups.

    “This warden message provides updated information related to the April 21, 2010 warden message and additional information related to the travel alert issued for India on April 16, 2010,” the renewed advisory primarily intended for American citizens in India had said and also pointed out that there were “increased indications that terrorists are planning imminent attacks in New Delhi.”

    While countries like the U.K. and Australia were quick to follow, issuing travel alerts, Delhi Police went on high alert increasing its presence at all important places in the national capital, especially the markets mentioned in the advisories issued by the respective countries.

    In the meantime, the Kashmiri youth, who was picked up after series of night-long raids by the Jammu and Kashmir Police, is understood to have told his interrogators that he had been promised money for creating such panic.

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