April 21st, 2010
07:00 PM ET

Security Brief: Warning issued for possible attacks in India

A series of alerts in India has counter-terrorism experts working overtime; the latest coming in the form of a Warden Message from the U.S. Embassy late Wednesday.

“There are increased indications that terrorists are planning attacks in New Delhi,” the note read starkly, while strongly encouraging Americans in India “to maintain a high level of vigilance, remain aware of their surroundings, monitor local news reports, and take appropriate steps to bolster their personal security.” It also added that several markets in the city popular with western tourists could be attractive terrorist targets.

Read the full Warden Message

The warning comes just days after a low intensity explosion at a cricket match in the southern city of Bangalore. Last Saturday’s blast forced organizers of the Indian Premier League to move the semi-finals of the high profile tournament to Mumbai. The competition involves a large number of international players, with the exception of cricketers from Pakistan.

Police in Bangalore are theorizing that the attack was the work of an international gang or a betting mafia, according to CNN’s sister network in India, CNN-IBN.

But could the explosion have been the work of al Qaeda? The online site Asia Times believes the incident had the hallmarks of Ilyas Kashmiri and his 313 Brigade, a Pakistan-based terrorist group. Asia Times’ Islamabad correspondent wrote that Kashmiri had sent a message to the publication in February, warning foreign athletes and spectators not to attend a series of sporting events in India this year, including the Hockey World Cup, the IPL and this October’s Commonwealth Games.

The hockey tournament went off without incident, but Asia Times notes the 313 Brigade is alleged to have carried out similar attacks in Pakistan. The correspondent writes that Kashmiri’s group could be trying to gauge how Indian security forces react to the attacks and also determine the coordination between security agencies, in preparation for a bigger attack.

Read the full Asia Times’ article

The links between Kashmiri and other terrorist attacks were also laid bare during the U.S. government’s case against David Coleman Headley, the U.S. citizen who was found guilty of involvement in two international terrorism plots, including the 2008 siege in India’s financial capital that left more than 160 people dead.

Read a CNN profile of David Coleman Headley

According to the Long War Journal counter-terrorism site, Kashmiri is considered by U.S. intelligence to be “one of al Qaeda’s most dangerous commanders.” His organization, known as Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami or HuJI, has worked closely with Lashkar-e-Tayyiba, the group Indian and U.S. officials have blamed the 2008 attacks on. He’s believed to operate out of the North Waziristan region, along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border.

Read a Long War Journal profile of Ilyas Kashmiri. And B. Raman, a prominent Indian intelligence analyst,  analyzes the 313 Brigade.

Post by:
Filed under: Security Brief
soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Mark Henderson

    India is disturbed country, with over more than 30 conflicts raging in it, and an internal uprising by Hindu poor known as Maoists. The U.S should be issuing a complete travel ban to that failed state.

    April 21, 2010 at 11:14 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Ezeabikwa nnamdi

    The attack on india shows the low level of security in the world.(GOD protect us).cnn should pls do more of investigative reporting to alert people.thanks. From Nigeria.

    April 22, 2010 at 12:20 am | Report abuse |
  3. Jester

    Wow , since when did Kashmiri join Al-Qaeda? so he is on CIA's pay role too??

    the lame part of this article is that the Author is trying to create an impression that the bomb blast occurred because there are no Pakistani players, typical Indian, and now linking Al-Qaeda with the freedom fighters? get some education pal

    April 22, 2010 at 12:53 am | Report abuse |
  4. gemable

    The indians attacks indians like ethnic cleasing also at times like speculation and The Americans calls it terrorist attacks.

    April 22, 2010 at 1:32 am | Report abuse |
  5. Yomi Olalere

    The world which is termed "a global village" has become "a global threat" as more recruits are being welcomed into the camp of the terrorist groups. These folks are out not only to deface and destroy the economy of the advanced countries but to also stampede any potential socio-economic development in the developing countries, and to use religion or politics as a measure to achieve their obnoxious and inhuman act. African countries have also suffered from this. Cases in point, the incessant war in Sudan, Somalia, and local crisis in Nigeria.

    The advanced countries should maintain a unified relationship to stand against and fiercely oppose these wicked ones otherwise, they would wear us out and have their aims achieved.

    The terrorist alert declared in India should be taken seriously and serve as a warning to the world. Any event that attracts people of different nationals should be given adequate security protection as terrorists would be looking for an avenue to launch their attacks.

    The recent capture of their commander(s) by US and Pakistan forces have left them devastated, hasting them into retaliation movement.

    As advised, American Nationals should put on their careful gament and be aware of their environment, not only in India but everywhere in the world. One of the best protectice measure it to heed an alert by taking secured actions.

    April 22, 2010 at 4:09 am | Report abuse |
  6. hkdarnal

    HAS US government done something more than just passing information about terrorist attack in Inida. If they have to fight terrorists they have to co-operate and coordonate their information and action with other reponsible countries as well. The dragon of terror can not be vanquest by one country alone.

    April 22, 2010 at 4:34 am | Report abuse |
  7. guest

    In india – chennai is the very clam and safe place.foreginers can invest or promote their business in chennaii better than other place.

    April 22, 2010 at 4:52 am | Report abuse |
  8. desert voice

    The world today, as always, consists of two global villages: one for the rich and one for the poor. These "villages" don't mix! The poor sense their "inferior" status in the world! They are a separate village, the slum, the shantytown, the villa miseria, the Bowery or the dwellings-under-the bridge! The rich global village is represented by the Hollywood, the Richmond, WA, the palaces, the latifundia. In India, the rich are the majarajahs and the landed property citizens, and the poor are the undocumented and the untouchables. They do not live in the same"global village"! The terrorist attackas are the point of friction between the two! That is where the two tectonic plates meet!

    April 22, 2010 at 7:38 am | Report abuse |
  9. Jhon

    Mr Mark,
    Before posting a comment, please know what you are talking about. If you call India a failed state, which is the largest democracy in the world, you should be calling the entire world a failed one. Also, Maoists is a problem, but they are not made up of just Hindus, but every other known religion in India. Today, most of the so called developed countries too have some sorts of conflicts going on. It is how you cope and keep your people together makes a country great but not just having a conflict makes the country a failed one. Please comment only on the things that you know well.

    April 22, 2010 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
  10. Hmmm

    Funny – The U.S. doesn't really have any issues at all... and the domestic terrorists don't exist. And there are no concerns with the growing disgruntle patriots here in the US. Wait couldn't they be viewed as members of Al-Qaeda? Nah – the patriots need to be white with blue eyes...

    Is the author educating or sharing news? Either way the message has failed to reach this reader. Knowing the facts, walking the line and being part of a solution is a much better avenue than sharing incomplete facts and bias views.

    IMO the author has failed – but God Bless America and no one else it would seem.

    April 22, 2010 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  11. Chintalapatti Motukapally Reddy

    First of all, thanks but no thanks, coz Indians themselves do not care. Unless Pakistan is declaring a direct nuclear attack, nothing is really scary. Besides we have over 1.2 Billion people to dispense and a few hundred or thousand dead doesn't make a difference, since our birth rate will make up for the losses in less than a day. Also, our methods of birth control are failing terribly, so all this actually works in our favor for the long term.

    April 22, 2010 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  12. James Rozario

    Its interesting to see the naive comments given by people up..
    1. Hindu insurgents called as Maoist
    2. War between the rich and poor..
    3. calling india a failed state..
    4. ethnic cleansing.
    Terrorism in india is just as much as it is in the united states or even more.. India has been a victim of religious fanatic terrorism.. india is way too far diversified than any country in the world, soo many religions soo many languages but still they live together accepting their differences..India has had soo many powerful women, in the political arena, which none of the biggest democracies have ever seen including US...

    April 22, 2010 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  13. vashita mehra

    India a failed state????? Mr Mark, India is not the only country with is being afflicted by terrorism or violence or racist attacks. Have you seen the statistics of US (so called developed country) for the last 5 years and what kind of personal security it provides to its citizens? Rape, murder, violence, child abuse....everything is on the rise in the US!India, with its limited means, poverty and uneducated massess is still wearing the crown of being the largest democracy and still steadily rising to become an economic global power.PLEASE DON NOT PASS SUCH MYOPIC AND COLOURED JUDGEMENT ON OTHER COUNTRIES. We are what we are....and proud of it!

    April 23, 2010 at 1:31 am | Report abuse |