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Thursday, November 27, 2008

India Terror Attack - From the Sea

Indian Coast Guard reports finding the vessel believed to have been used by the Mumbai terrorists here:
M V Alpha, a ship which is suspected to have carried the perpetrators of the Mumbai terror attacks, was today found 112 km from here by
the Coast Guard, officials said.

A CG spokesman said that searches were being carried out on board the ship but declined to elaborate.

UPDATE: A potential connection to Somali pirates? An INdian Navy admiral doesn't rule it out (keep in mind Occam's razor, though) as set out here:
A top Indian naval official has said that he would not rule out the role of Somali pirates in the terror strikes in Mumbai in view of the
recent action by the Navy against the sea bandits in the Gulf of Aden.

Asked whether there can be any connection between the pirates and the attacks in Mumbai, Vice Admiral Sunil K Damle, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Naval Command, said such a thing cannot be ruled out.

"I cannot say but I will not rule it out. I cannot say whether there is connection or not. All I am saying is that we very strongly suspect such a thing can happen," he told reporters on board the INS Tir.

"It is a fact that our action against the Somali pirates in the recent past has got the Indian Navy into focus particularly in that area", he said, adding this also brought in a danger...Indian Navy being targeted by these people also in addition to the terrorists," he said.

"These bad elements unfortunately have a fair amount of illegal money at their disposal. Even if Somali pirates were not taking direct action against us, there is every possibility of them pumping in the money into such organisations which are capable of taking terrorist action against us", he said.
UPDATE: As usual,the more information received, the better the analysis - it seems now that is very likely the terrorists arrived from the sea, but very unlikely they are directly connected to the pirates of Somalia.

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