December 18, 2008 4:04:04 am
Russia believes that underworld don Dawood Ibrahim was directly involved in the Mumbai attacks, and his vast drug network was used by the terrorists to carry out the multiple strikes.
In an interview to Russian Government daily Rossiskaya Gazeta, Russia’s federal anti-narcotics service director Viktor Ivanov said: “The gathered inputs testify that regional drug baron Dawood Ibrahim had provided his logistics network for preparing and carrying out the Mumbai terror attacks.”
Moscow, which has been sharing intelligence with New Delhi, believes that Dawood’s drug network, which runs through Afghanistan, was used to finance the attacks. Ivanov said the Mumbai attacks were a “burning example” of how the illegal drug trafficking network was used for carrying out terror activities.
“The super profits of the narco-mafia through Afghan heroin trafficking have become a powerful source of financing organised crime and terrorist networks, destabilising the political systems, including in Central Asia and Caucasus,” Ivanov said.
Ivanov’s statement came as India and Russia held their fifth meeting of the joint working group on combating international terrorism on Wednesday, where both sides unequivocally condemned terrorism in all its forms. The two countries underlined their shared concerns on the growing threat of cross-border terrorism and reaffirmed their commitment for strengthening bilateral cooperation against terrorism.
While the Indian delegation was led by Vivek Katju, Special Secretary in the MEA, the Russian delegation was led by Anatoly Safonov, Special Representative of the President.
The two sides noted that curbing financing of terrorism is a key component of the counter-terrorism strategy and agreed to strengthen bilateral interaction in this field.
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