Images: Terrorists pictures released

10 12 2008


Courtesy : Rediff

Images: Terrorists pictures released

December 09, 2008

If anyone needs a proof that who unleashed terror in Mumbai, here are the pictures.

The Mumbai police on Tuesday released 8 out of the 10 photographs of the terrorists involved in the Mumbai terror attack. Besides, the names of terrorists and their home town were also given. While Ajmal Kasab’s picture has already been already released, one terrorist picture is not available yet.

All terrorists were from Pakistan and they were all in 20-28 age group. Shoaib aged 20, the man who attacked the Taj was the youngest while Nasir, 28, who attacked the Nariman House, was the eldest.

Terrorists at the Taj:
Shoaib, a.k.a Soaib- Narowal Sialkot; Hafeez Arshad, a.k.a Abdul Rehman Bada- Multan; Javed, a.k.a Abu Ali- Okara; Nazeer, a.k.a Abu Umer- Faizalabad

At the Nariman House:
Nasir- Faizalabad; Babbar Imran, a.k.a, Abu Akasha- Multan;

At the CST
Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab- Okara; Abu Ismail- Dera Ismail Khan

Terrorists at the Oberoi-Trident
Abdul Rehman, a.k.a Abdul Rehman Chota- Multan; Fahadullah, a.k.a Abu Fahad- Okara

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Terror attacks in Indi and analysis : India today

5 10 2008

Source: India today

The emerging leadership – I

Based on interrogations and follow-up investigations, this is the leadership structure of Indian Mujahideen:

Abdus Subhan Qureshi Alias Tauqeer, 36: Now the most wanted man in India. A software engineer from Mumbai, he worked for a leading computer firm before he joined SIMI and took to jihadi activity. He also worked as the editor of two radical Islamic magazines called Movement and Shaheen Times. An expert in bomb-making and author of the virulent e-mails that precede every bomb blast by the Indian Mujahideen, Tauqeer is believed to have masterminded most of the blasts that have occurred in the past two years. He is an expert hacker.

Safdar Nagori, 38: Architect of past terror strikes and the transformation from SIMI to Indian Mujahideen. He broke from SIMI moderates three years ago to take it to the terror route. A former diploma engineer from Ujjain, Nagori has been the strongest votary of the home-grown Jihadi movement.

Mufti Abu Bashir, 28: An Islamic preacher from Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh, who also taught in a madrasa in Hyderabad, he is one of the main ideologues of the Indian Mujahideen. Till his arrest, his role was to motivate youths for the jihadi cause. He supervised the planning of terror attacks along with Tauqeer and Qayamuddin Kapadia. Currently under arrest, he is totally unrepentant about killing innocents in the blasts.

Qayamuddin Kapadia, 28: A small-time trader of Vadodara, he heads the Gujarat unit. Absconding from the day Nagori was arrested, he was the main coordinator for the Ahmedabad blasts and planting bombs in Surat along with Sajid Mansuri. His role involved overseeing the purchase of bicycles and selecting the bomb sites. He is also believed to have played a key role in the Delhi blasts as a second-in-command to Tauqeer. Kapadia started the first-ever mosque of the Ahle Hadis Tanzeem (one of the two Wahhabi tanzeems) in Vadodara a few years ago.

Sajid Mansuri, 35: One of the oldest members of SIMI, he had managed to give the police a slip when the Surat police caught 123 SIMI activists in 2001. He was not only the coordinator for the Ahmedabad blasts and for planting bombs in Surat but took an active part in the Jaipur bomb blasts also. The bomb that went off opposite Hawa Mahal was placed by him. A graduate in psychology, Sajid worked as a marketing executive for some time before becoming active in SIMI. Currently under arrest.

The emerging leadership – II

Usman Agarbattiwala, 25: A PG diploma holder from Vadodara in human rights, Agarbattiwala played the most important role in the Ahmedabad bomb blasts. Pipe bombs resembling the ones which caused the Samjhauta Express blast were found from his home.

Alamzeb Afridi, 24: A jobless youth from Ahmedabad who became an Islamic radical at a young age, he was actively involved in both the Ahmedabad blasts and the Delhi blasts in which he is supposed to have assisted Tauqeer and Kapadia. Absconding now, he attended the terror training camp in Pavagadh jungles in May. He purchased bicycles and then planted them in Ahmedabad after tying bombs. The Gujarat Police managed to track his secret mobile phone in the capital on the day of the Delhi blasts at three of the four locations where bombs went off within 60 and 90 minutes prior to the blasts.

Abdul Razik Mansuri, 27: An embroidery unit owner, he had purchased and planted bomb-laden bicycles for blasts in Ahmedabad. His importance in SIMI can be gauged from the fact that he attended its Wagamon terror training camp in Kerala in December last year, where concrete terror plans had been chalked out. He is believed to have been involved with Afridi in executing the Delhi blasts.

Mujib Shaikh, 25: A stone polishing artisan who participated in all the meetings that were held to chalk out the Ahmedabad blasts and also in SIMI’s famous Pavagadh training camp last May. An absconder, he is believed to have assisted in the Delhi attack.

Zahid Shaikh, 27: A mobile phone repair shop owner from Ahmedabad and a matriculate, he played a key role in planning the Ahmedabad blasts. He too has attended SIMI’s training camp in the Wagamon jungles. His role was prominent in carrying out surveys of the spots where blasts had to be carried out.

Amil Parwaz: A native of Ujjain and a close aide of Nagori who was also caught in Indore. He was present in most of the training camps that SIMI organised across the country. He is believed to be involved in the court bomb blasts in Uttar Pradesh in November 2007. He was present in Varanasi when a blast took place in a city court.

Structure & roles

  • There is a core group of 12 leaders, of which the only known member is Tauqeer. The others operate from the shadows and intelligence sources say that they could be working on ISI orders. They believe in the same extremist (pure) form of Islam as bin Laden and Mullah Omar.
  • The largest group is codenamed Call of Islam. They are all over 35 years of age and number up to 60,000. They are spread across the country but are present in larger numbers in Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal and Kerala, besides Maharashtra. Many are preachers, teachers, professionals and educationists, who on the surface are law abiding citizens but issue instructions to those below them based on orders they get from the top leadership.
  • The group below them is called Ikhwan (brothers), which has 6,000 core members. They are mostly sleepers who are activated for a particular purpose and then left alone to resume their double identities.
  • Below them is a group of 550 members known as Ansars (helpers). All Ahmedabad and Jaipur blasts accused, besides their leaders like Nagori, are Ansars. They not just plan attacks but also plant bombs and buy the raw material for these.
  • The next group is code-named “The White Falcon”. Their job is to enlist and indoctrinate children aged between five and 10 years in the jihadi cause.
  • Finally, there is the group codenamed Muslim Brotherhood. They play a vital role since their main function is to raise funds through hawala and other methods, largely using Muslims serving in the Gulf countries, and keep in contact with jihadi outfits. The body has reportedly enlisted some 10 lakh regular donors, a large number of them in the Gulf countries.

Easy targets

The 2007 Report on Terrorism by the National Counterterrorism Center in the US tracks terror strikes across the world and looks for trends and changes. The report says that “tracking attacks can help us understand some important trends, including the geographic distribution of incidents and information about the perpetrators and their victims.”

Year-to-year changes in the gross number of attacks across the globe, however, may say something about the international community’s effectiveness in preventing these incidents, and thereby reducing the capacity of terrorists to advance their agenda through violence against the innocent.

Approximately 14,000 terrorist attacks occurred in various countries during 2007, resulting in over 22,000 deaths. Compared to 2006, the attacks remained approximately the same in 2007, while deaths rose by 1,800, a 9 per cent increase from the previous year’s number.

As was the case in the previous two years, the largest number of reported attacks and deaths occurred in Near East and South Asia. These two regions accounted for about 87 per cent of the 355 casualty attacks, each of which killed 10 or more people. As the chart shows, India ranks fourth in the world in terms of the number of terror strikes, after Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan.






Maoists blow up school building in Jharkhand

2 10 2008

Indo-Asian News Service

Ranchi, September 29, 2008
Source: HT

Maoist rebels blew up a school building in Palamau district of Jharkhand, police said on Monday.

Around 20 to 30 rebels of Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) surrounded a middle school in the Manatu block of Palamau district, around 190 km from Ranchi, late on Sunday night. The building was blasted using detonators.

No person has been injured in the blast, police said.

The school building was used by the security personnel while launching a combing operation against the rebels. Maoists cited that as the reason for blowing up the building.

Maoist rebels are active in 18 of the 24 districts in Jharkhand. In the last seven years, more than 1,300 persons including civilians, Maoist rebels and security personnel have been killed in insurgency-related violence.





Blasts in Guj, Malegaon kill 8

2 10 2008

Modasa Mirrors Mehrauli: Youths On Bike Throw Bag With Explosive: TIMES NEWS NETWORK

Source: TOI

Ahmedabad/Mumbai: In near simultaneous attacks across neighbouring states, two crude bombs hit Malegaon in Maharashtra, killing seven — including a 12-yearold girl — and injuring 30, and Modasa in Sabarkantha district of Gujarat, killing one and injuring 10 others.
The Modasa attack mirrored the one last Saturday in Mehrauli in Delhi. In both cases, youth on motorcycles threw a plastic bag containing low-grade explosive, killing innocent bystanders. The blast in Modasa took place on the eve of Navratri on Monday at around 9.30pm, hours after the recovery of 17 crude bombs in Kalupur area of Ahmedabad.
The Malegaon explosion took place around the same time in Bhikku Chowk area outside a building that used to house the SIMI office, leading to suspicion among authorities that it could be a retaliation to the Indian Mujahideen strikes in Ahmedabad, Bangalore and Delhi. The blast in communally sensitive Malegaon led to police fighting off a mob of violent protesters. The wounded were rushed to the nearby Noor Hospital and Faran
Hospital. Two of the wounded were reportedly injured when police opened fire to disperse the mob. Three policemen were also reportedly hurt in the violence.

A Hero Honda motorbike, which was parked at the blast site, was completely mangled. Additional SP (Malegaon) Sanjay Patil said the explosion took place on the motorcycle. ‘‘Soon a huge mob gathered and pelted stones at the police. We fired five rounds in retaliation. The crowd prevented the police from entering the area. There is tension and we have summoned additional forces. The exact number of injured people cannot be quantified now, but the mob attacked us brutally,’’ an officer said.

Versions differed. While some police officers said the blasts were triggered accidentally by a cylinder, angry local residents insisted bombs had been planted and then set off. Four companies of the state reserve police force have been deployed in the troubled area. Malegaon sub-divisional magistrate Ajay More said that the situation on Monday night was quite tense.
‘‘Three policemen, including an IPS probationer, Viresh Prabhu, are injured. Prabhu was hit by a stone and has a big gash on his head. We have admitted the policemen to Wadia Hospital,’’ he said.

The Malegaon blasts took place when a special Ramzan prayer was being offered in mosques across the town. This is the second time that Malegaon has been hit by blasts. On September 8, 2006, four bombs were planted on cycles and went off in the textile town, killing 31 and injuring 297 others. Nine SIMI suspects had been arrested for the 2006 blasts.

Residents of Malegaon alleged that Monday’s blasts were a conspiracy to disturb the law and order situation two days prior to Eid. ‘‘I saw people running helter-skelter on the road and youths were taking the injured to the hospital,’’ said Khaleel Ahmed, a resident.

BLOODY TRAIL Malegaon blast: Shoppers were target

Ahmedabad/Mumbai: Monday’s blast in Malegaon took place in the historical Bhikku Chowk area, hardly 300 metres from Mushwerath Chowk, the site of the 2006 blasts. Thousands of women were shopping at the time of the blasts. Bhikku Chowk is located between three mosques. The SIMI office, which is located on the first floor of a building, was functional till the outfit was banned on October 24, 2001.

In Modasa, the area of the blast was cordoned off as forensic experts rushed in to pick samples. ‘‘One person was killed and 10 injured in the blast that took place at Suka bazaar.
Police reinforcements have been rushed in to the spot while injured are being shifted to the hospital,’’ said Sabarkantha district collector M Thennarasan.

Here too, people were out shopping when the bomb was set off. ‘‘This is a minority-dominated area and people were out shopping for Eid. It is Ramzan and Shuka bazaar is usually bustling at this time,’’ said Razzak Khan, an eyewitness.

As news of the blasts reached Delhi, Union home secretary Madhukar Gupta got in touch with authorities in Gujarat and Maharashtra to take stock of the situation.





New insights into Indian Mujahideen network

2 10 2008

fPraveen Swami
Source: The Hindu
Also look at the List of faces of terror from NDTV


SIMI leaders provided the foundations for Ahmedabad operation

Most contentious part of network was a group of U.P. men centred around Atif Amin


NEW DELHI: India’s intelligence and police services now believe that the Indian Mujahideen is not a terror group, but a loose network of Islamist groups tied together by a common cause and ideological affiliation.

Based on a careful study of the mechanics of the July 26 serial bombings of Ahmedabad, investigators believe that the Indian Mujahideen is made up of three distinct elements: Students Islamic Movement of India volunteers, a group of Uttar Pradesh men with links to the Harkat ul-Jihad-e-Islami and the jihadist-linked crime cartel of jailed mafioso Aftab Ansari.

SIMI foundations

Students Islamic Movement of India leaders — many of whom knew Ghauri and Husaini — provided the foundations for the Ahmedabad operation.

Key SIMI organiser Qayamuddin Kapadia, who has evaded arrest, led a team of Gujarat-based volunteers who provided the local knowledge critical for the success of the operation.

Many members of this ring, whose key members included Usman Agarbattiwala and Sajid Mansuri, were drawn to the jihad by personal experiences of the Gujarat communal pogrom of 2002. For example, Imran Ibrahim Sheikh was forced to drop out of school when his mother — the family’s sole earning member — was injured in the violence.

SIMI had begun preparing itself for participation in the Indian Mujahideen offensive in December 2007, when an estimated 50 cadre participated in a jihad training camp held near Aluva, Kerala. In January 2008, another camp was held on the Pavagadh hills near Halol.

Several follow-up meetings were held, involving Kapadia, Islamist ideologue Mufti Abdul Bashar Qasmi, and Mumbai-based bomb-maker Mohammad Subhan Qureshi — the man who helped to knit the diverse elements of the Indian Mujahideen network together.

Assault team

But the most contentious part of the social network was a group of Uttar Pradesh men centred around Atif Amin — a Jamia Millia Islamia University student, who, the Delhi police say, commanded the most critical cell of the Indian Mujahideen.

Much of the police account emerged from the questioning of Mohammad Shakeel, who was pursuing a Master’s degree in economics, along with Jamia undergraduate Zia-ur-Rahman and New Delhi-based Sikkim Manipal University distance-learning student Saqib Nisar.

While the families and supporters of the three men insist they are innocent, the police claim they were key members of the Indian Mujahideen network.

According to the police, independent witnesses have confirmed that on August 11 the three men were aboard the Ashram Express from Delhi to Ahmedabad, where they and other members of Atif Amin’s team carried out a reconnaissance in preparation for the serial bombings.

Delhi police investigators say Amin at first told his group that the bombings were to be executed on July 19. However, three days before that day, he announced that the plan had been deferred, because the disassembled improvised explosive devices needed for the attacks were yet to arrive.

In fact, the police in Gujarat and Maharashtra now believe, the delay was most likely the outcome of problems faced by the Indian Mujahideen’s organised-crime affiliates in Mumbai.

Car bombs

Aftab Ansari’s key lieutenant Riaz Bhatkal, who is thought to have routed much of the finance for the Indian Mujahideen from Islamists in the Indian diaspora in West Asia, promised to provide three cars to be fitted with bombs. But Bhatkal-lined gangster Afzal Usmani was able to arrange for the theft of the three vehicles used as car bombs in Ahmedabad only on July 15. Usmani and his associates then drove the cars to Ahmedabad, where they were delivered to Amin early on July 17.

Later, Amin’s group assembled the bombs — manufactured at a still-unknown Indian Mujahideen factory that is believed to have been run near Mangalore in Karnataka — at a safe house in Ahmedabad’s Dani Limda area.

By this time, however, Shakeel had returned to Delhi, where he was scheduled to sit for an examination for his Master’s degree. He was, however, ordered to prepare a flat in New Delhi’s Jasola Vihar area, used by the Indian Mujahideen as a safe house, for the arrival of the 13-member assault team led by Amin which returned to the Capital on July 27.

With much of the Indian Mujahideen’s top leadership still at large, it is still unclear just who thought up its name — but investigators say it is likely that its inspiration lay in earlier efforts to build up an indigenous, pan-India jihadist network.

In the wake of the demolition of the Babri Masjid, the Mujahideen Islam e-Hind — or the Indian Mujahideen of Islam — led by Mohammad Tufail Husaini bombed a series of trains. Andhra Pradesh-based Mohammad Azam Ghauri, one of the co-founders of the Lashkar’s pan-India operations, later set up the Indian Muslim Mohammadi Mujahideen, which carried out several bombings in 1999.





Police trace IM links with Dawood, Lashkar

25 09 2008

Source:Hindustan Times

Delhi Police’s Special Cell claims that it has found the power-centre that controlled both the pro-jihad faction of the Students’ Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) and the Indian Mujahideen (IM).

It’s ‘international terrorist’ mafia don Dawood Ibrahim and Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) who had a hand in the spate of serial blasts, carried out by the IM, all over the country. The cell says it’s virtually a replay of the Bombay blasts of 1993.

Early this year, there were reports that the Dawood Ibrahim gang had merged with the Pakistan-backed LeT.

The Dawood trail seems to be faint for now, as the command chain that the homegrown terror outfit, the IM, followed was quite complex. The IM has carried out nine serial blasts – including the recent one in New Delhi – since March 2006.

The Special Cell has identified the persons who controlled the IM – its 24-year-old operations chief Atif Ameen (killed on September 19 in Delhi), Sadiq Sheikh (arrested by the Mumbai Police crime branch on Wednesday) and another man who is still absconding.

Confirming this, Special Cell’s Deputy Commissioner of Police Alok Kumar told Hindustan Times: “We have been looking for Sadiq for quite some time. He was part of the three-man decision-making body of the IM that had Atif and another man who is now absconding.”

However, Special Cell sources said the IM was only a junior partner in terror. It used to take orders from another three-member body that controlled the SIMI’s pro-jihad faction.

The three controllers were LeT’s chief of India operations Abu Al Qama, Dawood Ibrahim’s point man for currency smuggling Riaz Bhatkal and mastermind of the US consulate attack in January 2002 in Kolkata, Amir Reza Khan.

Kumar confirmed, “The IM, as evidence available with us indicated, was taking orders from the three men based abroad.” The chain of command was like this – the IM leaders reported to Riaz Bhatkal, who was accountable to Amir Reza Khan, and finally, Khan reported to Qama.

Khan is said to have become a senior Lashkar operative now and is based in Pakistan, while Bhatkal flits in and out of Pakistan and Dubai.

Special Cell’s Joint commissioner of police Karnal Singh said, “the LeT facilitated the co-ordination and coming together of the IM and the radical faction of the SIMI, led by Abdus Subhan Qureshi, after the arrest of Safdar Nagori in March.”

According to Special Cell investigators, Atif was in constant touch over the phone with Qureshi and his aide Qayamuddin Kapadia.





Delhi blasts suspects’ sketches released

16 09 2008
Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi, Sept 16: Delhi Police on Tuesday released sketches of key suspects in five bombs that killed 22 people, at three public places in the Capital on Saturday. The police have released five sketches- two of 2 persons each which are suspects in Barakhamba road bombing and one sketch of a suspect in Gaffar market blast.

“We are aware of the background of these people but can not reveal it. We request the people to be on the look-out for these people and call us on 1091 with any information. The identity of callers will be kept a secret,” the police spokesperson Rajan Bhagat said.

“The sketches were drawn with information from witnesses who saw these men either move suspiciously or place suspect-looking bags,” Bhagat said.

Five persons, including a teenage balloon seller, who saw suspected persons placing packets in the dustbins at Central Park and Barakhamba Road were called to Police Headquarters to assist them in making sketches, a senior police official said.

He also revealed that masterminds of the bombings are called Subhan and Tarique.

Ahmedabad blasts suspects pics released

Ahmedabad Police’s crime branch had on Monday released the photographs and details of five accused, who are still absconding in connection with Ahmedabad serial blasts. In a statement, the crime branch gave background of SIMI activists–Abdul Subhan alias Tauqeer, Qayamuddin Kapadia, Abdul Razzak, Mujib Sheikh and Alamzeb Aafridi, who are accused in the serial blasts.

Subhan and Qayamuddin were already named by the police, while Razzak, Mujib and Alamzeb, all residents of Ahmedabad, were named yesterday.

Razzak and Alamzeb, active SIMI members, played a key role in purchase of cycles and placing them with the bombs in different parts of the city, the statement said.

While Razzak was present during the terror training camps held in Wagahmon in Kerala, Alamzeb attended a similar camp in Halol in Gujarat. Both played an important part during the planning meetings held in the city prior to the blasts, it said.

According to the statement, Mujib was present during meetings of SIMI members that was held prior to the blasts and used to train youth in ‘jihadi’ activities. He was also present during the training camps, it added.