Navy Chief Admiral Karambir Singh said last week that he had received intelligence that Jaish-e-Mohammed was training its members to carry out underwater attacks. He, however, said that the Indian Navy is fully prepared to thwart such attacks.
This is the second time in two years that the Intelligence Bureau (IB) has warned of a maritime attack by JeM. Last year, the IB said that a group of terrorists was waiting to infiltrate into India near the Lepa Valley, Dudhnihal and Kel.
JeM has 600 maritime specialists to carry out waterborne attacks. Its strength is from Lashkar-e-Taiba, which has a strong maritime terror network.
It may be recalled that Lashkar-e-Taliban and al-Shahbaz came together in 2011. The coming together of these two organizations in particular enhanced their maritime capabilities.
Investigations have revealed that the pirates of Somalia who are dominant over Indian waters were sponsored by the al-Shabaab group which is linked to al-Qaeda.
The marine capability of terrorist groups:
– Lashkar-e-Taiba: High-speed recreational boats, scuba diving equipment, water scooters.
– Al Qaeda: capable of underwater attacks by its suicide squad. Relying on Lashkar-e-Taiba for heavy equipment.
– Jaish-e-Mohammed: Armed with 600 maritime experts, coordinates with Lashkar-e-Taiba for equipment.
– Jemaah Islamiyah: Attempted attack on an American vessel in Singapore, the groups are equipped with speed boats also known as suicide boats.
– Abu Sayyaf: bombed the Super Ferry in 2004 in which 100 people were killed. There was a high level of experience on the sea, but wooden boats filled with machine guns are still used.
Source: One India