Karnataka alerted to possible terror attacks

June 5th, 2009 - 7:04 pm ICT by IANS  

Bangalore, June 5 (IANS) Karnataka Police has been directed to be on high alert following intelligence inputs from the central government over possible terror strikes by three Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorists in the southern states, state Home Minister V.S. Acharya said Friday.
The central government alerted Karnataka late Thursday that “there is a possibility of three LeT members carrying out terror attacks in Andhra Pradesh. We were also told be on alert”, Acharya told reporters.

State capital Bangalore, the country’s tech hub, houses major IT, BPO and biotechnology firms as well as leading scientific institutions and organisations.

Bangalore has suffered two terror strikes in the last five years, the first being an attack by a lone gunman at the Indian Institute of Science in 2005, killing a professor.

In the second attack in July 2008, a series of low-intensity bombs went off in eight places across the city, killing one woman and injuring 15.

Late Thursday, a high alert was sounded across Andhra Pradesh after the Intelligence Bureau warned the state authorities about a terror threat.

Hyderabad Police Commissioner B. Prasada Rao told reporters that there were intelligence reports of three terrorists planning to carry out attacks in south India.

“Since Hyderabad is the target of terrorists, we are taking all security measures,” he said.

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