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LeT plot to blow up BSE foiled

LeT plot to blow up BSE foiled

Author: Times News Network
Publication: The Time of India
Date: February 11, 2008

Introduction: 6 Terrorists on Mumbai Mission Held In UP, Confess To Attacks On IISc, CRPF Camp

In a dramatic breakthrough in investigations into the terror attack on the CRPF camp in Rampur on January 1, the UP special task force (STF) on Sunday arrested six alleged Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorists, three of whom were bound for Mumbai on Sunday morning to carry out strikes on key installations in India's financial capital.

Two of the arrested terrorists have also confessed to having carried out attacks on the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore in 2005.

A Pakistani national was among those held, and the STF recovered 2 AK series rifles, hand grenades, a pistol and cartridges from them. UP DGP Vikram Singh, briefing newsmen, said the STF acted on a tip-off that two of the four LeT terrorists involved in the Rampur attack were planning a fresh series of strikes-this time on the Bombay Stock Exchange, Churchgate Station, and a temple in south Mumbai-and were hiding somewhere in the Bareilly-Rampur area. It was also learnt that one Jung Bahadur, alias Baba, of Milkamaru locality in Rampur was coordinating their movements.

The STF picked up Jung Bahadur on February 9. He revealed the whereabouts of two terrorists who were to meet him at Rampur bus-stand. These two were picked up as well and they identified themselves as Faheem and Mohammed Shareef on Saturday night. Interrogation revealed three of their associates were to board a train from Lucknow to Mumbai on Sunday. The three were rounded up from Lucknow's Charbagh station. They identified themselves as Sabauddin Ahmad of Madhubani in Bihar, Amar Singh of Gujranwala in Pakistan, and Abu Sama of Kashmir.

Of those arrested, Faheem is based in Mumbai and was to play a key role in the attacks on the selected targets in the city. Mumbai officials say he holds a Pakistani passport, apart from a "high security'' citizen card issued. The passport gives his name as Hammad Hassan, son of Bashir Hassan from Rawalpindi, which appears to be fake.

"The BSE was going to be their first target. These terrorists have multiple targets. In case one fails, they move to the next,'' said STF SSP Amitabh Yash. Cops said the group of terrorists was in UP to collect weapons and associates. A team of Mumbai police's anti-terror squad has left for Lucknow to coordinate with the agencies there. "We are coordinating with UP police to find out whether the arrested terrorists have been involved in terrorism-related activities in Mumbai in the past as well,'' Mumbai ATS chief Hemant Khare said.

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