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'LeT planned terror strikes in Delhi, Gujarat'

Written by: Staff

New Delhi, May 9: The killing of Lashkar-e-Toiba militant Abu Hamza and arrest of two of his associates, Abdullah and Mohammad Ali in the Capital last night has brought to light an elaborate network of Pakistan-based terrorists with plans to carry out strikes in Delhi and in several strategic locations of Gujarat.

The Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Toiba militant Abu Hamza, who was shot dead in a police encounter near the Jawahar Lal Nehru stadium in South Delhi, planned, with the help of his network of operatives in India and Pakistan, to carry out terrorist strikes in Delhi and for this purpose had set up base on the outskirts of Delhi and adjoining areas, Jt Commissioner of Police Karnail Singh told reporters here.

He said the police had recovered a huge quantity of ammunition including 2 AK-56 rifles, 6 magazines, 179 live grenades, five KG of Petn explosives, 3 litre of Nitric acid, one litre of Glicerine, 3 Kg of Urea, one satellite phone and a computer set from a rented house in Ballabgarh in Haryana, the address of which was found in a document recovered from the body of Abu Hamza.

The arms and ammunition for the attack were being supplied to Abu Hamza by Abdullah and Ali, who had set up base in Mumbai and Ahmedabad respectively. Abdullah and Ali used to receive money through Hawala and arms and ammunition through the Bhuj border in Gujarat from the Lashkar-e-Toiba Operational chief in India Azam Cheema.

This was revealed during the interrogation of the two LeT terrorists, Abdullah and Mohammad Ali, following their arrest from the Nizamuddin Railway station last night.

The Interrogation also revealed that Abdulla and Mohammad Ali, both of whom had received advanced training in operating automatic weapons and preparing and explosives in the Harkat-ul-Jehad Al Islam (HUJI) camp in Bangladesh and the Lashkar camps in Pakistan, were planning to carry out terrorist strikes on various strategic locations in Gujarat, including the Kandla Port, the Railway Bridge in Ahmedabad and the Motor Market in Ahmedabad. They also planned to attack the financers' meeting of the Mumbai film industry, Mr Singh said.

The LeT terrorists had revealed that Abu Hamza, a resident of Bahwalpur in Pakistan, had been involved in several terrorist strikes in Jammu and Kashmir between 2000 and 2003 including the strike on the Rashtriya Rifles camp at Peetha Sahab in 2001 which left several army personnel injured, attack on the army unit at Rajouri in 2002 and an attack on the Alpha Gate army cam in 2002 which left 10-12 army officials injured.


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