320 Global Targets like 26/11 Mumbai by LeT Pakistan

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According to a report, the LeT wanted to carry out terror strikes to 320 potential targets around the world.
26/11 masterminds had 320 targets on their hit list
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London: Pakistan based banned Terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba, which plotted and executed the Mumbai carnage, killing more than 170 people, had placed India’s financial hub among 320 potential targets around the world to carry out commando-style terror attacks.
Western intelligence agencies have accessed the computer and email account of Lashkar’s communications chief, Zarar Shah, and found a list of possible targets, only 20 of which were in India.
According to a report in the ‘Guardian’, the LeT wanted to carry out such strikes beyond India to create terror. Shah and Lashkars operations chief Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, two of the main plotters of the Mumbai carnage, are now in Pakistan Police custody.
Pakistan’s decision to bring criminal charges against nine men accused of involvement in the Mumbai attack has partly placated Indian officials.
The US has been trying behind the scenes to co-ordinate intelligence exchanges between India and Pakistan.
Intelligence agencies have warned that Mumbai raises the spectre of a new style of terrorist assault when 10 heavily armed gunmen created mayhem for three days and brought the city of 19 million people to a halt.
Nine of the gunmen were killed, but the lone survivor has given Indian investigators a full confession that the assault was planned in Pakistan by LeT.
There has been some speculation that raids in Spain in which netted 12 men including an Indian and 11 Pakistanis arrested were a result of the investigations into Lashkar’s role in the Mumbai attacks.

    Source : Indian Express , 21/02/2009.

Mumbai just 1 among 320 global locations on LeT hit-list
LeT is a deep rooted Islamic Terrorists Outfit in Pakistan………….

21 Feb 2009, 0335 hrs IST, ET Bureau
NEW DELHI: The Laskhar-e-Toiba had placed Mumbai in a list of 320 worldwide locations as potential targets for commando-style invasions. According

to The Guardian, the terror outfit also had ambitions well beyond Mumbai.

According to the British daily, western intelligence agencies have accessed the computer and e-mail account of Lashkar’s communications chief Zarar Shah and found a list of possible targets. In the list, only 20 were in India. 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.

“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 dozen men were reportedly picked up for forging passports and other travel documents for terror organisations, including al-Qaeda,” the report said.

The Pakistan government has admitted that the attack on Mumbai were partly planned from its soil. Pakistan has also taken into custody the handlers of the marine jihadis who attacked India. Western intelligence agencies have warned that Mumbai raises the spectre of a new style of terrorist assault.

According to Ashley J Tellis, considered one of the foremost strategic experts in the US, the LeT’s universal ambitions do not permit confining itself only to south Asia as it has been talking about its role in the global jihad.

While jihadists are drawn from locales like Chechnya and Iraq, the organisation raises its funds from the Gulf, Europe, Australia and the US. Intelligence agencies here estimate that LeT maintains terrorist presence in 21 countries worldwide with the intention of either supporting or participating in what ideologue Hafiz Saeed has called the perpetual “jihad against the infidels.”

Mr Tellis had told US Senate hearing that Mumbai could be replicated by LeT. “The targets attacked in Mumbai are consistent with this pattern: they included the symbols of Indian success (luxury hotels), reflections of Indian history and state presence (a historic railway station) and emblems of India’s international relationships (a restaurant frequented by tourists and a Jewish community center).

The targeted killing of the Jewish residents at Nariman House, and possibly the murder of the Western tourists at the Leopold Café (if indeed they were deliberately targeted), would also be consistent with LeT’s past record, which has included the focused slaughter of non-Muslims such as Hindus and Sikhs.”

Source : The Economic Times, 21/02/2009

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