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Qaeda-Taliban-Lashkar behind Mumbai attacks,says NSG chief

Underlining the growing concern over the convergence of objectives of terror organisations like the al Qaeda and Lashkar-e-Toiba....

Written by Raghvendra Rao | New Delhi/ Manesar | Published: February 12, 2009 12:10 am

Underlining the growing concern over the convergence of objectives of terror organisations like the al Qaeda and Lashkar-e-Toiba,National Security Guard (NSG) chief Jyoti Krishan Dutt on Wednesday blamed the al Qaeda-Taliban-Lashkar combine for the 26/11 Mumbai carnage.

“There is growing concern over the convergence of objectives of terror organisations such as al Qaeda and LeT. The Mumbai terror attack of November 26,2008 represents this convergence of interest,” Dutt said in his inaugural address at the 9th International Seminar organised by the NSG’s National Bomb Data Centre at Manesar.

“Of particular concern is also the fact that the Mumbai terror attack was an audacious attempt by the Taliban-Qaeda-Lashkar combine to shape policies of three sovereign nation states that include the oldest democracy and the largest democracy,” he added.

Pointing out that LeT had morphed from a “Kashmir-centric terror group to a transnational terror group that aspires to fight jehad across the globe”,Dutt said the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon confirmed that terrorism had acquired a new face and that terrorists were now engaged in a campaign of suicide and mass murder.

“Previously,it had been possible to believe that there were limits beyond which even terrorists would not go. After the thousands of deaths of September 11,it was evident that at least one group would stop at nothing. This thought process has been reinforced with the terror attack in Mumbai,” the NSG chief said.

Dutt said that while the Mumbai terror attack was perpetrated by a transnational terror organisation active in Jammu and Kashmir,“the attack was planned with strategic objectives diverse from those of the terror attack in J&K”.

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