Monday, October 06, 2008

Terror emails tracked, 20 held for blasts, Mumbai Police solved the mystery of emails sent by Muslim Indian Mujahideen (IM) before Ahmedabad blasts !

Terror emails tracked, 20 held for blasts, Mumbai India: In a major breakthrough, the Mumbai Police have solved the mystery behind the terror emails sent by the Muslim Indian Mujahideen (IM) before the Ahmedabad and New Delhi serial blasts. Police Commissioner Hasan Gafoor said here Monday that the three techies who had sent the emails have been arrested, along with 17 others who were responsible for a string of terror bombings in different cities.

Mohammed Mansoor, Asghar Peerbhoy, alias Munna (31), working as a principal software engineer in an MNC on a salary of Rs.1.9 million per annum ($40,174.00, 1 USD equals 47.3 INR); Salman Kadar Shaikh alias Mobin (24), working as a senior technical advisor in an IT firm; and Asif Bashiruddin Shaikh (22), a mechanical engineer.

See Prior Post on Muslim Indian Mujahideen (IM), Thursday, October 02, 2008 Muslim Mafia Don Amir Raza Khan Runs Indian Mujahideen (IM) From Pakistan And Funded Through Hawala Channels And Stolen Cars.

See Prior Post, Wednesday, July 02, 2008, INDIAN MUSLIM MAFIA DON, DAWOOD IBRAHIM, STILL RUNS THE SHOW IN BALLYWOOD, HEROIN TRADE AND THE STOLEN CAR RACKET IN DUBAI UAE. Evidence exists that Dawood Ibrahim's Muslim Mafia shares ideological affinities with Islamist terror groups. Much of the jihadi leadership is drawn from seminaries like the Jamia Islamia at Banori in Karachi. Some elements in theMuslim Mafia, moreover, have links with the Tablighi Jamaat, a religious organisation that has considerable influence both amongst jihadi organisations and Pakistan's military. During Dawood Ibrahim's long stay in Karachi, these links flowered into an operational relationship.

Preliminary interrogation of all the accused in Mumbai has brought out the chilling revelation that they planned to carry out bomb blasts here during the ongoing Navratri festival, Gafoor said at a press conference telecast live by TV news channels. The initial breakthrough came on September 23 when five alleged terrorists owing allegiance to the Muslim IM were arrested in and around Mumbai.

Intelligence agencies suspect that the Muslim Indian Mujahideen IM was born out of SIMI leader Safdar Nagori's ambition to raise a terror outfit that was independent of the LeT, and more loyal to Mullah Omar of the Taliban group and Al-Qaeda. The Muslim IM generally selects educated Muslim youth. Mohammed Sadiq Shaikh, 30, who was arrested on Wednesday, is one such example. The act of sending terror emails minutes before the attack is their way of displaying how members are well-versed with technology, intelligence sources said.

In Muslim IM, every member has his own specialisation. Members include software engineers, electricians, graphic designers, hackers, planners, car robbers for the car bombs , bomb makers and co-ordinators. The hacker works on an IP address which is to be used to send the mails. As soon as the bomb is planted, the planter informs the hacker who sends the mail. The graphic designer is also assigned to use images of the destruction for publiction on the internet.

The emails were sent from three locations – the Sanpada suburb of Navi Mumbai, Khalsa College, Matunga, and a private company in Chembur, both Mumbai suburbs, using Wi-Fi (wireless networking) to send the terror emails. Among those nabbed in the operations carried out jointly with the police of different states are 10 Muslim IM activists who planted the explosives in Ahmedabad and Surat.

They had travelled from Karnataka to Pune and then to Surat and Ahmedabad with the explosives, Gafoor said. All those arrested are highly educated and are aged between 20 and 35. They were picked up from Azamgarh, in Uttar Pradesh, Pune in Maharashtra, in and around Mangalore in Karnataka, and from Kochi in Kerala, Joint Police Commissioner (Crime) Rakesh Maria said.

The arrested men had revealed that they have been involved in all the bomb blasts in India since 2005, he added. According to Maria, the three software experts visited Mumbai five times prior to sending the blast emails and conducted a reccee of the Sion, Chembur, and CST areas and Sanpada in Navi Mumbai, where they could hack into wi-fi connections available in the neighborhoods. They were instructed to send the emails a few minutes before the blasts in Ahmedabad and New Delhi, which they did on the dot, Gafoor said.

The terrorists were financed through the 'hawala' route, Gafoor added. (see above post on Muslim Mafia Don Amir Raza Khan) Prior to the Ahmedabad blasts, the Muslim IM techies came from Pune to Mumbai in a blue Maruti Esteem vehicle and sent the emails using the Wi-Fi connection of the residential Internet of an American software professional Kenneth Haywood in Sanpada, Navi Mumbai. The crack investigating team soon established the following facts — 1) Kenneth Haywood’s computer had been hacked into and used to send the mail; 2) He worked for a technology company. This didn’t help much, till other facts began to emerge: Haywood’s company was a smallish affair that apparently helped local BPOs improve their staff’s English language skills and he himself was also a lay pastor linked to a small evangelist Christian organisation, Haywood was set up by the Muslim IM.

Mohammed Akbar Ismail Choudhary (28), a computer hardware expert who doubles as a driver, has also been nabbed, Gafoor said.The police said that unlike a previous group arrested Sep 24, none of the 20 now held are linked to the 7/11 Mumbai suburban train serial blasts of 2006.

The police also released a list of the 20 arrested men along with their antecedents.Among them are:
* Dastagir Feroze Mujawar (25), alias Afrosh, a commerce graduate who has been training youth in Jehadi activities,

* Mohammed Atik Mohammed Iqbal (25), a computer science graduate and an active member of IM terror modules,
* Anique Shafique Syed (27), who runs a computer and mobile retail shop and was actively involved in the Surat and Ahmedabad blasts,
* Majid Akthar Shaikh (26), who runs a mobile phone repairs and servicing shop and is an active member of IM terror modules,
* Yasir Anis Syed (20), alias Huzefa, runs a computer and mobile repairing shop, active member of IM and accused of criminal conspiracy,
* Syed Mohammed Naushad, (25), alias Sayedna, a civil works contractor based in Mangalore who was involved in planting the Surat bombs,

* Javed Mohammed Ali, (19), an Islamic studies scholar active with IM terror modules,
* Farooq Sharifuddin Tarkash (25) alias Abdullah, a computer science graduate, member of IM terror modules and was trained by Riyaz Bhatkal in Karnataka.
* Mohammed Ali Ahmed, (44), a civilian works contractor from Mangalore, who also runs a safe house for IM members,
* Ahmed Bawa Abubakar (33), alias Abu, a farmer by profession, nabbed for his role in Surat and Ahmedabad, and
* Faisal-e-Rehma Muskhan Durrani (23), a robber on police records, also involved in Surat and Ahmedabad.

Maria announced that in the second round of arrests, the police recovered 10 kg of explosives, one submachine gun, two revolvers, six detonators, two wireless sets, Wi-Fi and RF signal detectors, sleep inducing injections and sleeping tablets, five laptops, six CPUs, three pen-drives and other related hardware.

Bill Warner
Private Investigator