New Delhi, Apr 17: Amid the increasing number of attacks targeting Indians and Indian projects in Afghanistan, it has emerged that the 26/11 Mumbai attacks terrorists could have been trained in Afghan al-Qaeda camps.
India has been blaming the Pakistan based-Lashkar-e-Toiba for the Nov 2008 terror attacks which killed over 200 in the country's financial hub, Mumbai. This new information is the first ever Afghanistan link to the terror attacks.
While some reports say that the Mumbai attackers were trained by the al-Qaeda, other state that the perpetrators had Taliban links. Both Taliban and al-Qaeda are active in the mountainous regions of Afghanistan.
The terrorists have made their objection to India's presence in Afghanistan clear over the past few months. Last week, suspected Taliban militants attacked an Indian road construction camp injecting fear into the workers. In Feb 2010, Taliban launched attacks which seemed to have specifically targeted Indians in Kabul. Out of the 17 people killed in the bombings, 10 were Indians.
These incidents and the possible Afghan link to the Mumbai terror attacks may force India to rethink its projects in Afghanistan.