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Terror attacks could be aerial, says IB

By Vicky Nanjappa
August 26, 2009 15:29 IST
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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh recently alerted the country on more terror attacks being planned on Indian soil. The prime minister was speaking on the basis of specific intelligence reports that suggest terror groups are planning attacks on the country

The information that has been intercepted suggests that terror groups camping in Pakistan- occupied Kashmir have a plan to strike at Indian airports. The attack, they say, will be aerial.

Sources told that operations on a largescale have been planned by groups such as the Lashkar-e-Tayiba and the Harkat-ul-Jihadi and the conversations intercepted have been very specific.

What worries security agencies, say IB sources, is that terror groups have planned an improvised pattern to attack India. Telephone conversations that have been intercepted suggest that Indian airports are the likely targets and terror groups may well use the aerial route to carry out strikes.

An official told that there is a chance of them using gas air balloons to land on Indian soil and carry out strike.

Lashkar, sources say, is keenly monitoring chartered chopper services in the country. The IB has warned private operators to be extremely cautious while renting out choppers.

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