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New e-mail threat to BSE, Delhi airport

Vikcy Nanjappa in Mumbai | November 30, 2008 12:37 IST

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The Deccan Mujahideen which had claimed responsibility for the Mumbai terror attacks is at it again. A second e-mail threatening to blow up the Bombay Stock Exchange and the Delhi [Images] airport has been intercepted by the Gujarat police.

Intelligence Bureau officials who are studying the mail say that there is a specific mention of the BSE and Delhi airport in the mail. IB sources say that the BSE has always been on the target of terrorists, who want to attack India'sĀ economic might.

At least five terrorists arrested in connection with either the Delhi serial blasts or the attack on the CRPF camp at Rampur have confessed that extensive planning had taken place in Pakistan occupied Kashmir to strike at the BSE. The IB says that the initial plan was to strike both at the Taj and the BSE but there was a change in plan.

The terrorists realised that they needed to enter Mumbai by night as security was lax at that time and an operation in the BSE would not have been successful if they had struck it in the night as it would have been closed. If at all an attack has to take place on the BSE it would be during working hours, the IB says. Security agencies been put on high alert, the IB sources say.

The IB also says that it is studying the role played by Abdul Subhan aka Tauqueer, the brain behind the Indian Mujahideen [Images] who currently is hiding in Pakistan. Subhan had given security agencies the slip following the Delhi blasts. He was the man who was sending out mails to security agencies and news channels after every attack by hacking into WiFi networks. While in India, Subhan used Mumbai as his base to send out mails. The IB believes his expertise may have been used to send out the mail in the name of the Deccan Mujahideen.

The IB says that the mail sent out immediately after the Mumbai attack was initially suspected to have come from Russia [Images]. However investigations have revealed that the mail was generated first from Pakistan before being sent out in the name of the Deccan Mujahideen.

The IB says that it is trying to get information regarding the role played by Subhan and another accomplice, Bhatkal Riyaz. The name Deccan Mujahideen could have been created considering that both these operatives handled the South India operations for terror outfits. The IB says that there is no doubt that this outfit is the brain child of the Lashkar-e-Tayiba and the cadres who finally carried out the attack on Mumbai were all trained in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir.

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