Monday, May 23, 2005

Terrorism, Global

A third bomb blast was reported near a railway crossing. One person was injured - unlucky sod. The incident was not linked to the bomb attacks.

Incidentally, a Lashkar-e-Toiba militant was arrested in New Delhi on Monday soon after the blasts - no details whether he is connected with the bombs. The accused, Mohammed Ishaq Ittoo, was apprehended with 5.5 kg RDX and Rs 2.5 lakh cash.
Ittoo was reportedly supposed to hand over the consignment to a man called Imran when he was nabbed by a team led by ACP Rajbir Singh and inspector Mohan Chand Sharma.

Ittoo belongs to Anantnag and is said to have come to Delhi two weeks ago. Two detonators were also seized from him. The police said that he is a Pakistan-trained militant. He apparently crossed over to Pakistan in 1999 where he learnt to handle arms and ammunition. He was sent back to India in April 2004 and started working under Atif, the district commander of Lashkar in Anantnag.

He is said to have established a computer centre for Lashkar in Srinagar and arranged hideouts for the militants.

The cops said that he was staying in a hotel in central Delhi and was in touch with hawala operators who arranged the money for him.

Ittoo later told the police that Imran, the man he was scheduled to deliver the consignment to, was a Pakistani currently based in north Delhi

The film has been pulled - bad opening weekend.

The Lashkar-e-Toiba are a terrorist group based in Pakistan - from wikipedia

Lashkar-e-Toiba or Lashkar-i-Taiba (the Army of the Pure) (formed 1990) is a terrorist Islamist group based in Pakistan and active in carrying out terrorist attacks on Indian civilians and Armed forces. It is the armed wing of Markaz Dawa-Wal-Irshad (the Centre for Religious Learning and Propagation), an Islamist organisation of the Wahabi sect of Islam. US Secretary of State Colin Powell in a notification on December 26, 2001 designated the outfit as a foreign terrorist organisation.

They carried out the attack against the Indian parliament in Dec 2001. From another source,
The LeT’s professed ideology goes beyond merely challenging India's sovereignty over the State of Jammu and Kashmir. The Lashkar's ‘agenda’, as outlined in a pamphlet titled Why are we waging jihad includes the restoration of Islamic rule over all parts of India. Further, the outfit propagates a narrow Islamist fundamentalism preached by its mentor, the MDI. It seeks to bring about a union of all Muslim majority regions in countries that surround Pakistan. Towards that end, it is active in J&K, Chechnya and other parts of Central Asia. The outfit had claimed that it had assisted the Taliban militia and Osama bin Laden’s Al Qaeda terrorist network in Afghanistan during November and December 2002 in their fight against the US aided Northern Alliance.
...The LeT has also been part of the Bosnian campaign against the Serbs.

The Markaz campus at Muridke in Lahore, its headquarters, was used as a hide-out for Ramzi Yousef and Mir Aimal Kansi, who was convicted and sentenced to death for killing two Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) officers outside the CIA’s headquarters in Washington in January 1993.


Also, in other, somewhat related news,
A Pakistani detainee in Guantanamo Bay has exposed Islamabad's official sponsorship of terrorism in depositions before a US tribunal.

The unnamed prisoner, accused of being a member of the Lashkar-e-Tayyiba, has referred to the fighting in Kashmir and said it was backed by Pakistan, the US' frontline ally in the war on terrorism.

"If you consider this organization a terrorist organization, then you should consider the Pakistan government a terrorist country," he says in a deposition obtained by the Associated Press wire service under a Freedom of Information lawsuit.

The excerpt comes from nearly 2,000 pages of documents representing some 558 tribunals held in Guantanamo Bay, according to AP.

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