Lashkar-e-Taiba planning sea-borne attack India on alert for attacks from sea: Officials

Defence National

NEW DELHI: Indian security forces guarding the country’s 7,517 km long coastline have been put on alert against attacks on ports, as the IB issued an alert as Pakistan-based terrorist group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) can carry out attacks on ports, cargo ships and oil tankers.

Another Pakistani terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), has also started a rigorous training programme that involves swimming and deep diving techniques, according to these officials.

This is not the first time that  terrorist group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) sea-borne attack plans have surfaced. Mumbai terror attack on 26/11 were trained by Pakistan Navy deep sea divers or frogmen. Based on the inputs, the officials said that India’s assessment is that LeT cadres could hijack cargo ships or oil tankers on high seas and then strike at Indian ports or infiltrate suicide attackers through sea and inland water channel.

Equipment used in training includes open-air circuit breathing apparatus and inflatable boats fitted with outboard engines.

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