20 June, 2021

An Alley-Cat's Footprints

India draws up a useful identikit of the man FBI suspects is a financial conspirator in the US strikes

An Alley-Cat's Footprints
Ever since September 11, Indian intelligence agencies have been emphasising the possible link between the three militants freed after the Kandahar hijack to the suicide attacks in the US. With the fbi following several thousand leads at the time, the Indian ones looked thin. But with the US intelligence agency zeroing in on one of the three released militants, Syed Omar Sheikh, the Pakistan-born British national and associate of Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Azhar Masood, as one of the key financial conspirators in the terrorist attacks, India's inputs are proving to be vital. Says a senior intelligence official who has been providing information to the fbi: "We impressed upon the Americans the close linkages and similarities between the Kandahar hijack and the US explosions. Some of those leads are coming good."

The critical lead provided by Indian intelligence was Omar's cellphone number—0300 94587772. According to intelligence officials, on February 3 this year, Omar was spotted at a bookshop in Islamabad's Aabpara Market, leafing through the latest edition of a 'Who's Who' on...

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