From this morning’s The Times of India we learn that the Laskar-E-Taiba (Army of the Pure) terrorists, the militant wing of Jama’at-ud-Da’awa, have purchased a sizable amount of para-gliding equipment from Europe, sufficient to launch 50 or so virgin-seekers, presumably not just for Fitness-Fridays and cocktail hour chit-chat but for some meaningful “demonstration” during India’s upcoming Republic Day (their 4th of July) celebration on January 25th.
This is the same group of harmless hockey players from Pakistan that is responsible for the November 2008 terrorist attack in Mumbai (Bombay for those of you over 50) that killed nearly two hundred people and injured more than three hundred. The threat of flying suicide-monkey-bombers was heightened after India received intelligence reports from Western agencies that the LeT and other terror groups were planning to hijack an Air India flight. From the sound of it, the Germans gave ’em up on the para-gliding gear.
NEW DELHI: Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba has acquired more than 50 para-gliding equipment from Europe, setting off alarm bells in the government that these could be used to carry out air-borne suicide attacks in the country.
The intelligence input which came barely days ahead of Republic Day celebrations has prompted authorities to ensure a tight air security around all vital installations, official sources said here on Friday.
The input about movement of overground workers, owing allegiance to LeT, in Europe led the sleuths to find out that they were on a shopping spree for para-gliding equipment, the sources said.
Security agencies have carried out mock drills in different areas in the country as part of the exercise to prevent any air-borne suicide attack by LeT terrorists.
The input bears significance in view of the fact that government has already put all Air India planes operating in the country’s neighborhood on high security alert following intelligence reports from Western agencies that the LeT and other terror groups were planning to hijack a flight.
For a little background: The Council on Foreign Relations and the South Asia Terrorism Portal (SATP), a terrorism database on the region, invites us to know that the Lashkar-e-Taiba agenda is outlined in a pamphlet titled “Why are we waging jihad,” – which happens to be for the “restoration” of Islamic rule over all parts of India and they justify their ideology by a Koranic verse that says, “You are obligated to fight even though it is something you do not like” (2:216).
So just great, call for more 72-virgins.
Meanwhile, back in November 2009 two guys in Chicago linked to Lashkar-e-Taiba were arrested on terrorism charges for plotting an attack on Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten – the paper that ran the Mohamed cartoons.
The fact is they operate from the high-country of Jammu and Kashmir, India’s alpine region where para-gliding has become a popular bourgeoisie sport, so conceivably they could become airborne with the equipment they’ve purchased – or just set up a para flying school… Isn’t that what Islamobombers like to do, attend flyng school?