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'Fidayeen attack completes terror cycle'
Vicky Nanjappa | November 27, 2008 12:10 IST
Last Updated: November 27, 2008 12:15 IST
Terror has been redefined in course of one of the most deadly attacks on Indian soil Wednesday November 26.
MK Dhar, former joint director of the Intelligence Bureau, says that the modus operandi of the latest attack completes the terror cycle.
Dhar believes that analysis of the attacks as intended to destabilize the economy and/or foment communal unrest is off the mark. The ultimate goal is to hoist the flag of Islam in India, Dhar told rediff.com.
IB sources, meanwhile, say that while it is still early days, there is greater clarity about the nature of the latest attack. The mail sent out by the Deccan Mujahideen ahead of Wednesday's strikes is similar to the ones sent out by 'Indian Mujahideen' ahead of earlier attacks across the country. This time, however, the mail originated in Russia [Images], in order to create a distraction, IB sources say.
Dhar suggests that the attacks are not the work of a sleeper cell or small home-grown terrorist group, but show the marks of a well entrenched outfit. The former intelligence chief believes that of all the likely suspects, the Lashkar-e-Tayiba is most likely the author of the attacks, as the group, that takes its strategic cues from Al Qaeda [Images], has the capability of carrying out such fidayeen attacks, which require access to a disciplined, well-trained cadre prepared not just to plant a bomb and vanish, but to engage in a long-drawn out operation that shows up the incompetence of the target country's security apparatus.
The IB is also actively investigating where the boat carrying arms and ammunitions for the attack on South Bombay hotels came from. Though the early suspicion is that it originated in Karachi, there is also the possibility that it came from Bhuj, in Gujarat.
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