Hyderabad IT firms in al-Qaeda radar; alert issued

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Hyderabad, Jun 27: Following a terror alert issued by the Home Ministry in states like Odisha and Maharashtra, latest reports have revealed that the alert has been extended to Andhra Pradesh as well. The Union Home Ministry has reportedly extended an alert to the AP govt since they fear that the global terror outfit al-Qaeda could carry out attacks in IT firms in the city of Hyderabad. The police have been alerted and asked to heighten the security in such firms, especially American MNCs in Cyberabad.

Sources have been quoted as saying that there are intelligence inputs that suggest that soft targets like IT firms are likely to be attacked. Reports have also stated that Qaeda sympathizers have infiltrated to India through the Kutch border in Gujarat. According to the Home Ministry, the major IT firms that are in the terror radar are Microsoft, Google and Hewlett Packard.

Sources have also added that the Chief secretary Pankaj Dwivedi has instructed the police to review the security arrangements of the various IT firms in the city. They have been asked to raise their internal security arrangements besides those provided by the state police.

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