|Suicide bombers threaten
major attacks in Bangalore.
Suicide bombers threatened in letters sent to local media that they would target a top politician and launch attacks against New Year's revellers in the city of Bangalore, police said on Friday.
A letter from a previously unknown group outlining the threatened attacks in Bangalore was faxed to several newspapers late on Thursday, the director-general of police, BS Sial, said.
"It will be the most coordinated attack the country has ever seen," television channel CNN-IBN quoted the letter, written in English, as saying.
Six attackers will trigger explosions including, "two human bombs to target the state chief minister," Moin-ud-Din of the Al-Jehadi group said, according to the report.
"Newspapers have received the letter late last night, and we are trying to find out if it is a hoax. But we will not take any chances," said Sial, without giving further details.
The letters were sent a day after gunmen opened fire on Wednesday outside a prestigious science institute in Bangalore, killing a retired professor and wounding four others.
Police set up barricades, patrolled streets and continued to search cars at checkpoints on Friday across the city, hunting for the attackers, Sial said.
Police suspect LeT terrorists to be behind Wednesday's attack, but no group has claimed responsibility.
IIT professor gunned down
the day Salem was in Bangalore
The injured have been admitted to the M.S. Ramaiah Hospital and the Mallige Medical Centre. The condition of three of the six injured is serious.According to a delegate who attended the conference, the incident occurred at 7.15 pm after the session outside the main auditorium. “After the evening session, all of us came out of the auditorium and walked towards the management studies block. I saw Prof Puri and Prof Vijay Chandru standing in the parking lot. There was a patch of darkness in the parking lot. After a few minutes, I heard something like a gunshot.
Then, two girls came running and were shouting that something has happened to Prof Puri and Prof Vijay Chandru. One of the girls had suffered an eye injury. There was a lot of commotion. The Karnataka Chief Minister, meanwhile, summoned top officials to an emergency meeting on Wednesday. It may be recalled that the Delhi police had arrested three persons a few days ago who had plans to kill politicians and attack software parks, markets and railway stations across the country, including Bangalore.
ISRO centres on red alert
Bangalore, December 29
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) today put all its centres across the country on red alert following the suspected terrorist attack at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) here last night.ISRO Chairman G. Madhavan Nair said the space agency was taking steps to ensure foolproof security at its centres.
He said the recent attack had proved that the terrorists wanted to grab national and international attention as Bangalore had emerged as a major technology hub in the world. He said ISRO had heightened security to thwart any such possibility.
BANGALORE: "I saw the terrorist. I can identify him." That's what 35-year- o l d victim Vijay Patil, a lab assistant with Cadilla Pharmaceuticals, said from the Intensive Care Unit of M S Ramaiah Memorial Hospital. After making his statement to the police, he told this Times of India correspondent that he saw a well-dressed man in light-blue shirt and white trousers open fire at the delegates. He was also wearing a belt and looked rather smart. "I remember his face very well. When he fired he sprayed, at least 20 bullets. I thought he was using an AK-47 (actually AK-56). People were curious and rushed towards him to see what was happening. I tried my best to tell people to get back to the auditorium. I screamed my lungs out. But by then, I was hit by a bullet," says the young man through the oxygen mask fixed to his nose. He reportedly said the same thing to chief minister N Dharam Singh — when the latter called on him on Thursday — the police officers and the doctors attending on him. But both police and hospital sources refused to confirm this.
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