The Gujarat government has received an intelligence input that Pakistan-based terror outfit Lashkar-e-Toiba is planning a 26/11-type terror attack on public places in September or October ether in the state or Mumbai. In October, over 300 local bodies in Gujarat will go to polls.
Like the November 26, 2008, attack in Mumbai, this time too perpetrators, according to the input that state home department received from the office of deputy director of Subsidiary Intelligence Bureau in Gujarat, the infiltration could be either through the sea route from Karachi or through Jammu and Kashmir border.
The last major terror attack in Ahmedabad was on July 26, 2008, when as many as 21 bomb blasts were reported in a span of 70 minutes in various parts of the city, killing 56 people.
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The intelligence input accessed by The Indian Express read: “A Pakistan-based terror group is planning to execute a terror action, possibly in Gujarat or Mumbai. The attack is likely to be carried out sometime in September/October 2015. No specific location available as of now.”
It further said, “According to an uncorroborated humint (human intelligence), the LeT is planning a major attack in India within the next two-three months. The target of attack could be a railway station or a hotel. The attack would be carried out by a group of 8-10 Pak terrorists including suicide bomber, supported by associate of place of attack.”
A report submitted by the police headquarters in Gandhinagar on counter-terrorism following this and other similar inputs has asserted the need for activating sources among the fishermen community, who had become one of the victims when Ajmal Kasab and other nine hijacked a Porbandar trawler mid-sea, killed all six fishermen onboard, and reached Mumbai shore.
Sources in the home department maintained that no input on terror is taken lightly as Gujarat is always a sensitive target. Given various festive occasions, including Jagannath Rath Yatra, Eid and Janmasthmi, the home department is already on alert.