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India vulnerable to terror attacks: Chidambaram

Last Updated: Wednesday, September 21, 2011 - 16:18

Kolkata: Union Home Minister P Chidambaram
on Wednesday said India is vulnerable to terror attacks as it is
closest to the terror epicentre.

"No country is free from terror. We are more vulnerable
as we are closest to the epicentre of terror - Pakistan and
Afghanistan," Chidambaram said here.

"Former Afghan president Burhanuddin Rabbani was killed
yesterday in a highly protected area of Kabul ... No city is
completely invulnerable," he said.

"We try to be vigilant 24X7. We have asked the police
forces to be vigilant despite all the deficiencies.

"Capacity is not sufficient to pre-empt possible attacks,
for which intelligence gathering, investigation and a
counter-terrorism agency backed by advanced technical network
to bringing in all the data will have to be in place," he said
adding the Centre would build National Counter Terrorism
Centre soon.

Giving statistics of terror attacks in the country, he
said it started since 1998 and 17 major incidents took place
between 1998-2003.

The worst period was 2005 to 2008 when 29 major terrorist
attacks occurred, including 26/11.


First Published: Wednesday, September 21, 2011 - 16:18
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