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15 SIMI operatives planning next strike, says detainee
Vicky Nanjappa in Bengaluru | June 16, 2008 13:17 IST
Last Updated: June 16, 2008 13:25 IST
In this connection, the narco-test conducted on Riazuddin Nasir alias Mohammed Ghouse, a SIMI activist who was arrested from Honalli in north Karnataka in November 2007, is very revealing.
In his narco-test, Ghouse said at least 15 SIMI activists, who are experts at assembling bombs, are currently stationed in various parts of the country.
He also revealed that 40 SIMI activists (including Nagori) from around the country had met in Hubli, Karnataka, last year when they were taught how to assemble a bomb. At the end of the session, the 40 operatives assembled a bomb and carried it back with them, sources said.
According to the narco test, it was decided that they would strike in various parts of the country using the bombs, which only needed a timer device to be attached before use.
Ghouse revealed at least 15 SIMI operatives are still at large and that each of them has an assembled bomb with him. He added that they are to meet once again to decide on the target and time of attack. Likely targets include Karnataka, Goa [Images] and Madhya Pradesh, he said.