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Marine militants

Marine militants

Author: J Dey
Publication: Mid-Day
Date: January 25, 2007
URL: http://www.mid-day.com/news/city/2007/january/150761.htm

Intelligence reports with the Mumbai police indicate that 500 Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorists trained by the Pakistan Navy and the Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) will attack prime targets in the city on January 26. The terrorists will infiltrate the city posing as fishermen, gaining entry into India from Kori Creek in the Rann of Kutch.

Interrogation of a few militants arrested recently has revealed that the men, some of who also belong to militant outfits like the Pakistan-based Hizbul Mujahideen and the Jaesh-e-Muhammad, have undergone rigorous training for 12 to 18, conducted in three phases.

The Joint Commissioner of Police K P Raghuvanshi from the Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS) confirmed that an alert had been sounded against terrorist attacks on Republic Day.

Sea-borne attacks

According to the intelligence report (a copy of which is with MiD DAY), all the attacks will be sea-borne as the key targets are all accessible by sea. The report names six strategic targets.

Attacks on VVIPs possible

These include the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, the offshore installations of the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation, the Governor's bungalow at Malabar Hill, the US consulate at Breach Candy, naval detachments and the docks at Mumbai and JNPT.

The State Intelligence Department has also warned that some militant groups could attack VVIPs during the Republic Day function in Mumbai.

India's premier nuclear research centre has received at least 24 threats so far. It is accessible by sea as it abuts Thane creek

Indira, Prince's and Victoria docks in the Mumbai harbour and JNPT in Nhava Sheva are the most important ports on the west coast. JNPT handles 65% of container traffic in India

On the hit list of al-Qaeda, a portion of this consulate at Breach Candy, abuts the sea

Some of the 150 platforms and oil rigs at Bombay High are unmanned, while security on others is lax. Thirty per cent of India's crude oil production comes from these drilling platforms

Phases of training

Phase 1
Basic training where the terrorists are taught to swim.

Phase 2
Handling large boats, laying landmines in coastal zones and planting bombs under dams, bridges and ships.

Phase 3
The final phase relates to training in navigational techniques, rescue operations, surveillance methods, concealment of explosives and underwater attacks on enemy targets and coastal vessels.

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