Archive for the ‘Security’ Category

Blasts handiwork of Pak-based militants: India

February 25, 2007

Security agencies probing the Samjhauta Express blasts on Tuesday night said the incident was the handiwork of Pakistan-based militant groups.

Highly-placed sources in Union Home Ministry said they had “vital clues,” which included a telephonic conversation between a caller from Delhi to Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.

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66 killed as blast rocks Indo-Pak special train

February 19, 2007

In a suspected terror attack, 66 people, including some Pakistani nationals, were killed in explosions believed to have been set off by improvised explosive devices in two coaches of the Delhi-Attari special train for Lahore at Deewana near Panipat, about 100 kms from Delhi.

Several people were also injured in the incident, which the Northern Railway said was a clear case of sabotage.

The two coaches, where all the deaths took place, were completely gutted and only the charred remains were visible.

The explosions in the train took place at 11:55 pm on Sunday night. The biweekly train left the Old Delhi railway station at 10:40 pm.

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US looks up to India for developing bio-terror response

January 9, 2007

Impressed with the advancements in the fields of biotechnology and pharmaceuticals here, the United States is keen on collaborating with India in developing response on bio-terrorism attacks.

Stressing on the need to develop “an agile and large network” of labs in India to identify and counter the pandemic strains of virus, Rajiv Venkayya, Special Assistant to US President for Bio-Defence, White House Homeland Security Council, said advance preparedness would help tackling any threats of pandemic, whether they are caused by nature or a bio-terrorist attack.

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First step in war on ‘dirty bombs’ – Govt gears to tackle radioactive strikes and aftermath

December 28, 2006

India has taken the first step in preparing for an enemy you often can’t see, hear or smell.

If terrorists launch a radioactive attack in a crowded place such as a Metro platform, it could be long before anyone realises the need to leave the spot.

With this in mind, the Centre has identified 80 response centres across the country and trained 180 quick-response teams (QRTs) for tackling the aftermath of radioactive strikes.

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Israel warns of Al Qaeda’s Xmas strike on Goa

December 14, 2006

Every Christmas season hordes of Israeli backpackers, along with those of other nationalities, descend on Goa to spend the festive season and New Year’s Eve on the beaches of India’s most tourist friendly state.

This December-end, however, things could be different, with the possibility of Israeli tourists staying away.

For, the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office and its Anti-Terror Unit have warned their citizens to stay off Goa, since according to their intelligence the possibility of the Al Qaeda striking in Goa in the next fortnight was very high.

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Airports put on high alert following hijack threat

December 9, 2006

A high alert has been sounded in airports across the country following intelligence inputs that Pakistan-based terrorists could hijack an aircraft to Bangladesh to seek the release of Mohammed Afzal Guru.

Afzal has been sentenced to death in the Parliament attack case.

Intelligence agencies have conveyed this to Bureau of Civil Aviation and Airport security, which in turn put all the airports on alert, sources said late on Friday.

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Five killed, Many Injured in Train Blast in North Bengal

November 21, 2006

In a suspected strike by militants in a train, at least five persons were killed and 60 were wounded in a powerful blast in a compartment near Belakova station in West Bengal’s Jalpaiguri district this evening.

The explosion occurred at 6:30 pm in a general compartment of Haldibari-Jalpaiguri passenger train and was so powerful that it ripped off a side and the roof of the bogey as the train was between Raninagar and Belakoba railway stations, Superintendent of Railway Police, Jalpaiguri, Mahendra Singh Punia told PTI in Siliguri.

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India on top alert – Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) official received a threatening email that US-bound planes from India would be hijacked

November 13, 2006

Three days after Indian airports were put on high alert following a letter warning of possible Al Qaeda strikes, security was again tightened at airports across the country on Sunday after a senior Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) official received a threatening email that US-bound planes from India would be hijacked.

The email, originating from India, was sent to the FBI headquarters on Saturday evening, said Indian officials. Following the threatening email, the Bureau of Civil Aviation (BCA) sounded a high alert for a week.

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Indian charged with leaking key military info to China

November 10, 2006

A 62-year-old India-born engineer in Maui, Hawaii, who worked on the B-2 stealth bomber, has been charged with using secret military information to help China build a stealth cruise missile.

A federal grand jury has upgraded a former indictment against Noshir S Gowadia, originally charged with selling information involving the B-2 aircraft to three unnamed countries. He now additionally faces charges of assisting China with designing and testing an exhaust system nozzle that protects a cruise missile from detection.

Gowadia, a naturalised American citizen from India, has been slapped with an 18-count superseding indictment charging him with sharing secret military information with representatives of China to benefit Beijing or harm the United States.

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North Korean vessel heading to Iran detained in Indian waters

November 10, 2006

A North Korean freighter, MV-Omranili, which was on its way to Iran ‘found itself’ in Indian waters after an ‘engine failure’ and has been detained in Mumbai. The Coast Guard, the Bombay Port Trust, the Indian Navy and the Mumbai Customs have formed separate teams to inspect the freighter and find out if it is carrying any arms or ammunition and the reason behind its voyage to Iran.

Coming close on the heels of the nuclear tests conducted by North Korea recently, the ‘straying’ of the vessel into Indian waters and its subsequent detention assumes significance. Speaking on condition of anonymity, sources at Mumbai Customs House and the Coast Guard said the ship’s crew members have failed to provide any convincing replies about the purpose of their journey to Iran.

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