Online edition of India's National Newspaper
Friday, Nov 28, 2008
ePaper | Mobile/PDA Version
Google



International
News: ePaper | Front Page | National | Tamil Nadu | Andhra Pradesh | Karnataka | Kerala | New Delhi | Other States | International | Opinion | Business | Sport | Miscellaneous | Engagements |
Advts:
Retail Plus | Classifieds | Jobs | Obituary |



International Printer Friendly Page   Send this Article to a Friend

U.K. intelligence suspects Al-Qaeda hand

Hasan Suroor

LONDON: British intelligence agencies suspect Al-Qaeda is behind the Mumbai attacks, pointing out that taking Western hostages fits in with the pattern of its previous operations, especially the 2002 Bali bombings when Al-Qaeda-linked terrorists attacked restaurants and clubs frequented by tourists.

Security sources were reported in the British media as saying targeting Western citizens suggested a “typical Al-Qaeda-style activity.” The attacks, seen as the most coordinated operation since 9/11, were believed to be in “retaliation” for recent American air attacks on suspected Al-Qaeda hideouts in the tribal areas on Pakistan-Afghanistan border that reportedly killed a number of leading Al-Qaeda militants and its supporters.

In recent weeks, intelligence agencies had reportedly picked up “chatter” suggesting that Al-Qaeda or groups linked to it were planning a “spectacular” partly as a response to CIA’s anti-terror operations in Pakistan and partly to “grab headlines” in the run-up to the change of government in America.

India was chosen as a target because that’s where Al-Qaeda has “sufficient resources to carry out an attack,” according to one counter-terror expert quoted in The Times.

The newspaper said the “sheer audacity” of the terrorists had “familiar elements of Al-Qaeda.”

Meanwhile, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown called the attacks “outrageous” and said Britain stood “solidly” behind the Indian government.

  • Mumbai terror attacks in pictures
  • Mumbai terror attacks in pictures - 2
  • Mumbai terror attacks in pictures - 3
  • Ratan Tata’s press meet - Podcast

    Related stories:

  • TERROR ATTACKS IN MUMBAI
  • Centre rushes NSG commandos Related stories:
  • TERROR ATTACKS IN MUMBAI
  • Centre rushes NSG commandos

    Earlier terror strikes in Mumbai

  • Terror strikes Mumbai, over 147 killed
  • 46 killed as twin blasts rock Mumbai

    Major terror attacks in 2008

  • Terror strikes Assam, 62 killed
  • 17 killed in Imphal blast
  • 20 killed as 5 bomb explosions rock Delhi
  • 17 BLASTS ROCK AHMEDABAD
  • 60 killed, 150 injured as terror strikes Pink City

    Printer friendly page  
    Send this article to Friends by E-Mail



    International

    News: ePaper | Front Page | National | Tamil Nadu | Andhra Pradesh | Karnataka | Kerala | New Delhi | Other States | International | Opinion | Business | Sport | Miscellaneous | Engagements |
    Advts:
    Retail Plus | Classifieds | Jobs | Obituary | Updates: Breaking News |

  • Chandraayan I


    News Update



    The Hindu Group: Home | About Us | Copyright | Archives | Contacts | Subscription
    Group Sites: The Hindu | The Hindu ePaper | Business Line | Business Line ePaper | Sportstar | Frontline | Publications | eBooks | Images | Ergo | Home |

    Copyright © 2008, The Hindu. Republication or redissemination of the contents of this screen are expressly prohibited without the written consent of The Hindu