Monday, July 17, 2006

The Mumbai wHODUNNIT Report

[ Manmohan Singh, the Indian Prime Minister, raised the terror link with Tony Blair at the G8 summit in St Petersburg yesterday, reminding him that India handed over a detailed dossier three years ago identifying 14 men living in Britain and was assured the suspects would be investigated. "Since then nothing has been done, and the money still coming from Britain helps to pay for the terrorist camps where we believe the bombers were trained and this atrocity was planned," a senior Indian security official said last night.//The funding from overseas has helped terror groups to set up a string of new training camps in Bangladesh, close to the border with India. Al-Qaeda-trained militants are reportedly running up to 13 camps, and MI6 and other Western intelligence agencies have been monitoring the traffic of young recruits to these centres including a number of volunteers based in Britain.//Scores of Indian-based militants are alleged to have attended the al-Qaeda run camps near Bandarban and Chittagong. Security chiefs believe that the mastermind behind the bombing on seven commuter trains used one of these camps in Bangladesh to finalise plans for the attack.


2. The San Francisco Chronicle report, perhaps unwittingly, provides a damning trail directly back to possible covert Anglo-American involvement. It quotes the Times of India, which cites Indian intelligence sources saying that two radical Muslim groups are behind the attacks, "one of them based in Pakistan, which has fought two wars with India over Kashmir. That group, the newspaper reported is the Pakistan-based militant group Lashkar-e-Toiba, or Army of the Pure . . . The other group . . . is the Students Islamic Movement of India, which has been in a loose alliance with Lashkar-e-Toiba." The Chronicle report also offers this: "In Washington, a US official who spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity pointed to another group, 3. Of course, this is all speculation but Indian security sources indicate that they suspect Pakistan had a hand in these events. If that suspicion becomes widespread, won't there be an outcry for retaliation?
6. Intelligence agencies are working on clues that the perpetrators of the Mumbai serial blasts may have entered India from Bangladesh. These agencies also suspect that the terrorists might adopt the same route to flee to Bangaldesh and hence the Border Security Force (BSF) has been put on high alert. Similarly the Kolkata and West Bengal police have gone on high alert.// the official said. These operatives are also given little price for their assignments. "Intelligence reports suggest that these boys are mostly brought from Bangladesh, asked to accomplish a job and then sent back to Bangladesh after paying little money. The security agencies are unable to catch them and if they nab the main brain, it is difficult to prosecute him in the absence of operatives."
9. The metropolis is a conduit for movement of militants, but is not a target of the Student Islamic Movement of India (SIMI), Harkat-ul-Jehad-al-Islami (HuJI), Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammed or any other militant group seeking shelter in the city, while travelling to and from Bangladesh.The latest finding of the state and the central intelligence agencies — put into action in Bengal after the Tuesday Mumbai mayhem — confirms that Kolkata is a terror corridor. Intelligence reports said the communal harmony has helped the city stay safe. What's more — the rationalists living here outnumber the fundamentalists of both the communities.//10. Although a forceful champion of what it called 'Islamic Revolution' ever since its inception, the 11. investigation continues but with little success even on the forth day after the blasts. The police have been doing combing operations on a large scale in Mumbai and nearby areas such as Vasai and Bhiwandi. After it was confirmed that there was a call made from Malad to Afghanistan on the evening of the blasts, police raided the area and apprehended around 200 people on Thursday morning. 12.

14. 7/11 is not a good day for trains : BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit, the subway system used in the San Francisco Bay Area) reported earlier today that one of the trains got stuck in the Trans-Bay tube (the part that goes under the water across the bay from SF to Oakland). Smoke was reportedly coming out of one of the cars. Thankfully, there were no fatalities. Many were reported dead (at least 33 at the last count) in a train crash in Bangladesh. The train reportedly plowed through a bus at an unmanned railway crossing (Source: CNN) Chicago subway train derailed and fills the subway with smoke. Dozens were taken to hospitals to be treated for smoke inhalation. Once again, thankfully, there were no fatalities reported.

15. A leading terror expert said that chilling similarities between Madrid, 7/7 and today's blasts in Mumbai meant it was almost certain Islamic extremists were behind the latest outrage. More than 160 people were killed and hundreds more injured when seven bombs exploded during the evening rush hour on the train network in the Indian financial capital. Security consultant Will Geddes said that all three attacks were targeted to "paralyse" key communication networks, and singled out two extreme Muslim groups based in Kashmir as likely culprits.//"Another issue for this group is that they are vehemently anti the Hindu and Jewish communities and very much regard them as the main enemy of Islam. Because there is quite a strong Pakistan connection to this group they are very anti-India too.
INTELL JOBS: Young, black, female? You could be just the spy MI5 is looking for : MI5 resorted to a poster campaign in private London gyms to recruit more women from the ethnic minorities.Security service chiefs say they want cunning and intelligent women who have an excellent memory. Applicants must also have the skills to blend into a variety of cultural backgrounds, while remaining composed enough to track a potential suicide bomber. It is the first time MI5 has used a poster campaign to recruit its spies, and the advertisements will also feature in leisure and specialist trade magazines.The campaign echoes the last James Bond film - Die Another Day - in which Halle Berry played Giacinta ''Jinx'' Johnson, a black spy working for America's National Security Agency. According to Whitehall sources, MI5 decided to advertise in gyms because "experience has shown that effective surveillance officers are generally physically fit, undertake plenty of exercise and enjoy an active outdoor life". The campaign comes as MI5 is undergoing one of the biggest transformations in its history. By 2008, the organisation will increase the size of its staff from 2,800 to 3,500 and, in an attempt to combat the threat of home-grown Islamist terrorists linked to al-Qaeda, will establish separate offices in cities outside London.