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The key accused in the Pune German Bakery blast in India has made a startling revelation to his interrogators — that the tourist destination of Colombo is a training hub of the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LET), the Asian Age reported.

Mirza Himayat Baig, 29, the conspirator and co-planter of the bomb placed at Pune’s German Bakery, has confirmed he received his terror training in Colombo. “Baig had received training in terror activities in Colombo. We will try to get more information on the same from him,” said India’s Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS) chief Rakesh Maria has said.

The Asian Age quoted a source as saying that another reason for the LeT choosing Colombo could be because of its image as a tourist destination among Indians.

“There are a lot of Indian tourists in Colombo and such visits are not under the scanner. Moreover, they were of the opinion that the radar would be on LTTE operatives who might still be lying low, so Islamic terrorists had a good chance of going unnoticed,” he said.

Baig received Daura-e-aam and Daura-e-khaas training in Colombo, the same training imparted to Ajmal Aamir Kasab in Pakistan. The police is now getting details from Baig of where in Colombo the training camp was held. “We will pass on the information through the right channels as it will help the Sri Lankan police identify these patches and keep a watch,” said another source.
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  • Katussa Thursday, 09 September 2010 12:02 PM

    If all this is true, then what was all the security check points and searches about? On the other hand could it be an Indian rope trick to keep Lanka at bay?

    KD Friday, 10 September 2010 08:06 AM

    Where did you get this information "machan"?

    Charitha Thursday, 09 September 2010 01:54 PM

    They've already tried that machan, it probably got nowhere.. so they are trying to inflict panic and see if they can catch the guys while fleeing somewhere!

    Harshe Thursday, 09 September 2010 08:42 AM

    Is this a public annoucement?
    Indians should have done this secretly and catch the culprits in SL with the help of SL security.

    kanishka Thursday, 09 September 2010 10:02 AM

    This is just an excuse for the Indian authorities to still further violate Sri Lanka's sovereignty. I think this is to pressure the government to allow a permanent Indian security presence in the island to prompt any further Chinese influence in the nation by accusing Colombo of training anti-Indian militants. It is high time Sri Lanka stuck up for itself and kindly show India where it can stick these absurd accusations.

    Roshan Thursday, 09 September 2010 10:03 AM

    Iraq is fully demolished , also Alfganistan. Pakistan is also 75% demolished , now it is Sri Lanka. This is frame work to destablise SL

    Defender Thursday, 09 September 2010 10:04 AM

    This is totally un-acceptable. How come a Terror Training could be carried out in Colombo? If this is true, Colombo city would have been utilised by LTTE prior to any Terrorist organisation. But it was not.
    Colombo city was a High Security Zone during LTTE era and still GOSL has not completely removed these security arrangements.
    This is an attempt to tarnish the image of SL as against the booming Tourist industry.


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