India faces threat of a Mumbai rerun: US study

India can expect more terror attacks like the Mumbai carnage from Pakistan-based terrorist groups with high body counts and symbolic targets in an escalating terror campaign in South Asia,a study by a leading US think tank has warned.

Written by Agencies | New York | Published:January 18, 2009 9:21 pm

India can expect more terror attacks like the Mumbai carnage from Pakistan-based terrorist groups with high body counts and symbolic targets in an escalating terror campaign in South Asia,a study by a leading US think tank has warned.

“India will continue to face a serious jihadist threat from Pakistan-based terrorist groups,and neither Indian nor US policy is likely to reduce that threat in the near future,” said Angel Rabasa,lead author of the study and a senior political scientist with RAND Corporation,a nonprofit research organization.

“Other extremist groups in Pakistan likely will find inspiration in the Mumbai attacks,and we can expect more attacks with high body counts and symbolic targets.

The Mumbai terrorist attacks suggest the possibility of a rise of a strategic terrorist culture,the study said.

The RAND study identifies the operational and tactical features of the attack,evaluates the response of Indian security forces,and analyzes the implications for India,Pakistan and the United States.

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