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Deadly Blasts Put India on High Alert
WSJ ^ | Updated February 21, 2013, 1:12 p.m. ET | By KENAN MACHADO and RAJESH ROY

Posted on 02/25/2013 1:11:33 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach

MUMBAI—Security forces across India went on high alert Thursday after at least 12 people were killed and more than 70 people were injured in two explosions in Hyderabad city, in what state and federal officials suspect was a coordinated terror strike.

Federal Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde said the government had "intelligence inputs of expected blasts somewhere in the country for the past two days and had alerted all state governments."

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: india; islam; jihad; muslim; terrorism

1 posted on 02/25/2013 1:11:38 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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Hyderabad shows Congress [party] isn’t incapable, it’s complicit

By Kanchan Gupta, The Pioneer, February 24, 2013

In pursuit of its crass vote-bank politics, ever since it came to power in 2004, the Congress has not only dismantled anti-terror instruments like Pota but also allowed jihadis a free run of India

It’s amazing how ‘sources’ in security and intelligence agencies rush to plant information in media, especially news television channels, within minutes after a terrorist attack in this country. As much was witnessed last Thursday when two bombs went off within minutes of each other on a crowded street of Dilsukhnagar of Hyderabad (a third bomb was later found and defused), killing at least 16 people and injuring scores of others. As is usually the case, the excited chatter of blabbering television anchors and reporters soon gave way to ‘exclusive’ stories quoting ‘sources’ in security and intelligence agencies on possible groups behind the attack, how there was prior knowledge of ‘something being planned’ but nothing was done by way of preventive action, and the need to ‘revamp’ our intelligence gathering system.

Much of what is said is as unintelligible as the commentary on and reportage of events. What is amazing is that these ‘sources’ do not feel the necessity to push the envelope and force their organisational and political bosses to take pre-emptive action. For instance, if there is adequate knowledge of sleeper cells of jihadi organisations, then why aren’t those cells busted before they can be activated to carry out a terrorist attack? And if these ‘sources’ have tried to force precipitate action but failed, and feel frustrated by the ‘system’, then they should boldly blow the whistle and expose their bosses who are no less than collaborators. That is unlikely to happen, for these ‘sources’ either do not exist or, if they do, they are just as thoroughly useless as the bosses to whom they report to in the organisational hierarchy and political leadership of the day.

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2 posted on 02/25/2013 2:10:33 PM PST by Jyotishi (Seeking the truth, a fact at a time.)
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