Terror threat to World Cup in India

Updated: Mar 09, 2011, 19:35 PM IST

Zeecric Bureau

New Delhi: The Intelligence Bureau (IB) has sounded a possibility of a terror attack during the World Cup matches in India, media reports claimed on Wednesday.

The Intelligence Director`s letter to all the DGPs and the chief secretaries of all the coastal states warned that terror groups like Al-Qaida and the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) are enquiring about the time frames of the matches in the country.

The letter also warned that the terrorist organisations are contemplating a 26/11 type attack in India during the World Cup matches.

The letter read: "Al Qaida & LeT are planning near term attack. Urdu speaking LeT cadres are likely to try to sneak into India in the next few weeks. Zabiuddin Ansari & his operations network which were behind the German Bakery attack in Pune are seeking the time frame of the World Cup matches in India."

"Attack would be on par with the number of operative who participated in the 26/11 attacks. Some members of this cell are already in the country & some likely to arrive soon. Please take necessary precautions in your respective jurisdictions to detect any such attempt," the letter also added.

The final of the World Cup will be played at Mumbai’s Wankhede stadium on April 2.