Sunday, November 30, 2008
Bedlam is always be suspicious when a "new" terrorist organization crops up. Just keep the chemical warfare out and Bedlam will be fine. This weeks attacks in Mumbai were claimed by a previously unknown group calling itself the Deccan Mujahideen. If you look at the pattern of the attacks suggests that Lashkar-e-Taiba, a nasty Islamist organization based in Lahore, Pakistan, and with a significant presence in Kashmir and links to al Qaeda, may be to blame. For now, all intelligence agencies are claiming Deccan Mujahideen for the attacks.
Deccan means South in Hindi and refers to the Deccan Plateau. Mujahideen means "strugglers" in Arabic, but is also the word used by militant groups referring to fighters, members, and terrorists. Most of the terrorists appear to be men in their early 20s, speaking both Hindi and Urdu, the national languages of India and Pakistan.
A group calling itself the "Indian Mujahideen" has claimed responsibility for attacks in a number of different cities over the past several months. The Indian Mujahideen sent a warning in September expressing anger over recent raids by the city's antiterrorism squad.
Something to notice is the unusual feature of the Mumbai assault is that they came in the from the sea, highly organized, armed with grenades, assault rifles, and other weaponry. Then the terrorists used small, high speed boats for their landing.
The group took credit for the attacks in the letter, stateing the "continuing injustice against the Muslims" as their reasoning for the violence.