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Delhi cops on high alert over possible terror strikes

Delhi cops on high alert over possible terror strikes
Terror outfits including ISIS, Boko Haram, Al-Qaeda, LeT and SIMI have kept the eagle’s eye on the India-Africa Forum Summit to be held in the national Capital from October 26. Suspicious activities of these terror outfits, sources said, have been noticed by the intelligence agencies after which Delhi Police have been alerted.

According to the specific input received by the intelligence agency, the ISIS could execute a terror strike in Delhi during the four days congregation. “Africa has been hit by a wave of terrorism from groups such as the Boko Haram and the Al-Qaeda. The Boko Haram has in fact tied up with the ISIS which continues to be a global threat affecting almost every nation including India,” a source in the intelligence agency said.

“There were many cases where Indians were found sympathising with ISIS and following their ideologies. These vulnerable Indians including the NRIs had become active in the recent past and the suspicious activities are pointing to something fishy,” he added.

The inputs also suggest that LeT and SIMI who want to come back with a bang in the terror world have joined hands for their upcoming terror strike planned in Delhi during the India-Africa Forum Summit.

A highly placed source said that drones could be used by the terrorists to attack the visiting dignitaries. Also, the hotels in which the diplomats are supposed to stay for four days are the vulnerable areas. “Delhi Police will be instructed to make the nearby areas no-fly zone to avoid air-terror,” he added.

“Suites and rooms in 10 top hotels in Delhi have been booked and the routes from each hotel to the stadium venue have been chalked out. The profiles of the guests checking into these particular hotels will be scanned thoroughly. A convoy movement has been set from the hotels to the IGI stadium. Around 250 CCTV cameras have been installed on the routes to be followed during the congregation,” a source added.

After an advisory was issued to Delhi Police, a senior police official said that they have taken all the precautionary measures and will ensure that no terror attack can take place during the event. He further added: “Over 25,000 Delhi Police and paramilitary personnel will be operating in tandem with the African security apparatus in central and New Delhi areas during the summit. Snipers and SWAT teams of the Special Cell will also be positioned strategically.”
Chayanika Nigam

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