Jul 29 2006
When the bombings in Bombay (Mumbia actually) were first coming across the news wires I had noted earlier attacks in the day which preceeded the bombings and appeared to be a diversionary attack to distract security forces which were on alert for a possible attack. I felt this kind of planning and the precision of the blasts was an indicator of Al Qaeda being behind the attacks. It seems I might have been correct:
Indian security agenciesâ€™ worst fears may be coming true. The latest man arrested for his suspected role in the July 11 bombings is said to be an al-Qaida apprentice. The suspect, Mujaheed Geelani, surrendered in Pune on Thursday.
Geelani is alleged to have helped recruit and train the 7/11 bombers. Geelani, intelligence officers say, was indoctrinated by senior Al-Qaida man Abu Zubaidah. â€œZubaidah reportedly went through computer training in Pune before crossing over into Pakistan and climbing the hierarchy in al-Qaida,â€ an intelligence source told Mumbai Mirror.
â€œGeelani, who hails from Jammu and Kashmir, moved to Pune to co-ordinate the terrorist cells in the city,â€ an ATS officer told Mumbai Mirror. Geelani â€œlooked after several sleeper cell modules in the stateâ€.
â€œWe believe that Abu Zubaidah was one of the first al-Qaida operatives to develop a sleeper cell network in India, which he later supervised from Pakistan until his arrest. Geelani took over from him,â€ the source said.
This might be important in understanding ‘the big picture’ of what is transpiring as we look across Lebanon, Iraq, Afganistan and India. The war on terror (or Islamo Fascism) is definitely taking on a global nature. The ‘world war’ description may not be too far fetched.