Have Lashkar-e-Tayiba and al-Qaeda teamed up to hit India?

New Delhi, Dec 16: The investigations being conducted by the Special Cell of the Delhi police has revealed that a major plot by the Lashkar-e-Tayiba and the al-Qaeda had been busted.

While the police suspects that an operative by the name Asif had entered into Delhi from Uttar Pradesh to carry out an attack on December 25th, it has also been found that he was on a reconnaissance mission.

Terrorism in India

The presence of an al-Qaeda operative in Delhi comes as a surprise since the outfit is not known to be active in India. However the Lashkar-e-Tayiba and the al-Qaeda are known to work in tandem and hence this could have been a joint mission, sources informed.

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The Delhi police say that the interrogation of Asif would throw more light on why he was in Delhi. We are aware that he had not come alone and had a team along with him. Our first priority would be to nab the rest of his team members, the officer also informed.

Intelligence Bureau officials say that the teaming of the al-Qaeda and the Lashkar-e-Tayiba is not strange. Both have similar ideologies and are known not to interfere with each other. The al-Qaeda is looking for recognition in the sub-continent and the Lashkar-e-Tayiba wants to carry out without being blamed for it.

The al-Qaeda may well be using the resources of the Lashkar-e-Tayiba in India. The al-Qaeda ever since it launched it outfit in the sub-continent has not made any mark. It is yearning for recognition and the Lashkar-e-Tayiba for which India is a primary target would be more than eager to help.

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