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Lashkar readies para-gliders to launch suicide attack on India: Intel
PTI ^ | 22 January 2010 | PTI

Posted on 01/22/2010 4:37:25 PM PST by James C. Bennett

NEW DELHI: Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba has acquired more than 50 para-gliding equipment from Europe, setting off alarm bells in the government that these could be used to carry out air-borne suicide attacks in the country.

The intelligence input which came barely days ahead of Republic Day celebrations has prompted authorities to ensure a tight air security around all vital installations, official sources said here on Friday.

The input about movement of overground workers, owing allegiance to LeT, in Europe led the sleuths to find out that they were on a shopping spree for para-gliding equipment, the sources said.

Security agencies have carried out mock drills in different areas in the country as part of the exercise to prevent any air-borne suicide attack by LeT terrorists.

The input bears significance in view of the fact that government has already put all Air India planes operating in the country's neighbourhood on high security alert following intelligence reports from Western agencies that the LeT and other terror groups were planning to hijack a flight.

Radars located at strategic locations have been tuned to intercept all low flying objects and authorities are not taking any chances, sources said.

A no-flying zone is already in place in capital's Luytens zone which houses the Rashtrapati Bhavan, Prime Minister's Office and key ministries like home, defence, finance, external affairs, among others.

Ahead of the Republic Day, elaborate air defence measures, including deployment of anti-aircraft guns, have also been taken to check possible intrusion of air space.

Besides, helicopters of the Indian Air Force will hover over the areas around Rajpath and all along the route of the Republic Day parade.

Earlier, intelligence reports suggested that Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence had directed the militants operating in Jammu and Kashmir to use explosive-laden 'Toy Planes' to hit VIPs in the state and the national capital.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: india; islam; lashkaretoiba; pakistan
Additionally:

LeT may take air route, gets para-gliders

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/LeT-may-take-air-route-gets-para-gliders/articleshow/5489683.cms

23 January 2010, 03:41am IST

NEW DELHI: Pakistan-based terror group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) is ready to carry out airborne suicide attacks using para-gliders in India. The outfit has already acquired more than 50 para-gliding equipment, which can be quickly assembled and used as ‘missiles’ from open highland areas or from over 300 of unused/unmanned airstrips in the country.

The intelligence inputs — which came barely days ahead of the Republic Day celebrations — on LeT’s shopping spree for para-gliding equipment in different European countries, including Germany, prompted authorities to ensure tight air security around all vital installations and nearly 326 unmanned, abandoned or mostly unused airstrips spread across the country. The inputs also suggest the possibility of LeT acquiring related equipment — possibly Chinese make — from within Pakistan.

Sources in the home ministry said security agencies have already carried out mock drills in different areas as part of the exercise to prevent air-borne suicide attacks by LeT terrorists. The states have also been alerted about the possibility of the use of explosive-laden ‘toy planes’ by terror outfits. Radars located at strategic locations have been tuned to intercept all low flying objects.

1 posted on 01/22/2010 4:37:25 PM PST by James C. Bennett
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To: James C. Bennett
On or about India Republic Day, Tuesday of next week, would make about as much sense to me. Also, hitting high concentrations of crowds watching major celebratory parades (also live on TV) or perhaps India nuke plants would be such a target by the Islamos.

Remember, the enemy goes for high visibility attacks to reap the live press to spread the horror to millions more.

Great way to start an India-Pakistan war now, isn't it. Gotta love this religion of peace, doncha ya now.

2 posted on 01/22/2010 4:42:03 PM PST by AmericanInTokyo (Obama outsourcing his "Reichstag Fire" to foreign Islamoterrorists now on or heading to US soil?)
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I’ll bet the Indians will have a ball hosing those paragliders with machine gun fire and watching them explode. It’ll be like fireworks and pinatas combined!


3 posted on 01/22/2010 4:49:25 PM PST by Trod Upon (Obama: Making the Carter malaise look good. Misery Index in 3...2...1)
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To: James C. Bennett

We find interesting ways to live and they find interesting ways to die.


4 posted on 01/22/2010 5:15:55 PM PST by cold start
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To: cold start

Does this explain Paki PM Zardari saying that they could not prevent another Mumbai type attack? He’s washing his hands off the matter even before it happens.


5 posted on 01/22/2010 7:07:51 PM PST by IndianChief
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