Mumbai attackers had hit list of 320 world targets: Report

20 02 2009

Source: TIMES OF INDIA

NEW DELHI: Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) ringleaders had ambitions well beyond Mumbai and had placed India’s financial hub in a list of 320 worldwide locations as potential targets for commando-style terror strikes, Britain’s daily Guardian said in a report published on Thursday.
According to the report, western intelligence agencies that accessed the computer and email account of the Lashkar’s communications chief Zarar Shah found a list of possible targets, only 20 of which were in India.
Two of the November 2008 attack’s key planners – Shah and Lashkar’s operations chief Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi – are now in police custody in Pakistan.
Analysts say the computer list is more of a statement of intent because Lashkar would need time to set up terrorist cells in so many places.
Islamabad’s decision to bring criminal charges against nine men accused of involvement in the Mumbai attack has partly placated Indian officials but the government in New Delhi has said it wants to see people brought to justice for terrorist acts.
“There has been some speculation that raids in Spain which netted 12 men- an Indian and 11 Pakistanis – were a result of the investigations into Lashkar’s role in the Mumbai attacks,” the report said.
“The dozen men were reportedly picked up for forging passports and other travel documents for terror organisations, including al-Qaida.
Pakistan’s government has said the Mumbai attacks were partly planned from Spain.
The US has been trying behind the scenes to coordinate intelligence exchanges between the two nuclear-armed rivals. The CIA has worked hard to be seen to help New Delhi – including by recovering phone numbers deleted by the terrorists on their satellite phones.
India has also received crucial evidence from the US agency FBI in connection with the 26/11 attacks.
Intelligence agencies have warned that Mumbai raises the spectre of a new style of terrorist assault. The city was brought to a halt by 10 heavily armed gunmen rampaging through the CST railway station, a house, restaurant Café Leopold, and hotels Trident-Oberoi and Taj for three days, killing over 180 people.

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Major terror attacks world over

11 11 2008


Here’s a map indicating countries around the world affected by terrorism. Figures denote the number of lives lost to the menace.

Major terror attacks around the world
Venkatesha Babu
Source: Indiatoday
Mumbai, April 30, 2007

Here’s a list of some of the major terror attacks that have taken place the world over.

The Marriott after the blast September 20, 2008: A massive suicide truck bomb attack on The Marriott hotel in Islamabad kills over 60.
September 6, 2008: Over 50 people are killed in two blasts that rip through Peshawar.
July 7, 2008: At least 58 are killed when an automobile laden with explosives blows up in front of the Indian embassy in Kabul.
June 17, 2008: Over 63 are killed when a minibus laden with explosives is detonated in a marketplace in Baghdad.
Benazir, minutes before the attack
February 1, 2008: Over 98 people are killed when mentally unstable women were strapped with explosives and blown up in a Baghdad market.
January 16, 2008: Civilian bus bombed in Buttala, Sri Lanka. At least 30 are killed.
January 10, 2008: 23 killed in suicide attack in Pakistan.
December 27, 2007: Benazir Bhutto is assassinated. At least 24 others are also killed in the attack on her rally in Rawalpindi.
November 6, 2007: Eighty people are killed in an explosion outside a sugar factory in Afghanistan.
October 18, 2007: 136 people are killed in an attack upon the return of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto in Karachi.
Mangled remains of a bus during the London blasts
August 14, 2007: As many as 500 people are killed in Qahtaniya, Iraq.
April 18, 2007: A series of explosions in Baghdad register a massive toll of 198 people.
March 27, 2007: Two truck bombs kill over 152 and injure 347 in Tal Afar.
March 6, 2007: 114 Shiite pilgrims are killed in Hilla, Iraq.
January 22, 2007: At least 131 are killed in a suicide attack in an Iraq market.
November 23, 2006: At least 215 people are killed in a series of car bomb attacks in Iraq’s Sadr City.
July 9, 2006: 40 Sunni civilians are massacred by Shia militants in Baghdad.
April 11, 2006: 57 Sunni worshippers are killed in an attack in Karachi.
Damaged remains of a train after blasts in Madrid
July 7, 2005: 56 people are killed in blasts in one double-decker bus and three underground trains in London.
March 19, 2005: Fifteen people are killed, 10 of them policemen, in two explosions in Thailand.
September 1-3, 2004: Beslan school hostage situation in Russia results in the loss of 344 lives, mainly children.
March 11, 2004: Blasts in commuter trains in Madrid kill 191.
March 2, 2004: Suicide blasts in Shia holy sites kill 181 in Iraq.
February 27, 2004: 116 people are killed in a ferry bombing in the Philippines.
December 5, 2003: Suicide attack on a train in Russia kills at least 46.
The twin towers of the World Trade Center
August 1, 2003: Explosion in hospital in Mozdok (Russia) kills at least 50.
May 12, 2003: A truck bomb attack on a government building in the Chechen town of Znamenskoye kills 59.
March 13, 2003: Serbian prime minister Zoran Djindjic is assassinated by snipers.
September 11, 2001: Attacks on the World Trade Center and The Pentagon kill 2,997 people immediately, making the incident the most catastrophic terror attack known to man.
March 24, 2001: 23 dead and 93 injured in three bomb attacks in Russia.