Wednesday, August 29, 2007

IB had warned Andhra police about an attack

by Josy Joseph from Daily News & Analysis India

Based on those inputs and the signature of the attacks, intelligence analysts believe that Mohammed Abdul Sahed, alias Shahid Bilal, a key contact for three major terrorist organisations, may have masterminded the attacks. Bilal, though known primarily as a Harkat-ul-Jehadi Islami (HuJI) operative, also has active contacts with both the Lashkar-e-Toiba and the Jaish-e-Mohammed. HuJI, which is based in Bangladesh, has an extensive network in Pakistan ... Saturday’s attacks, which follow the blasts at Hyderabad’s Mecca Masjid, the explosions on the Samjhauta Express and the blasts in Malegaon, have reinforced the fear among analysts that “religious fanaticism of the highest order” has taken firm root in India. It may now be replacing the traditional terrorism of Kashmir. What the perpetrators of these attacks believe is that even Muslims who coexist with people from other communities are liable to be killed for not moving to an Islamic land or for not taking up jihad against the kafirs. This philosophy is very audible in the teachings of some fanatic Wahabi followers, including a preacher from Mumbai, and some publications of the Lashkar-e-Toiba.

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