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 Post subject: LTTE threat to Indian nuclear plants?
 Post Posted: Tue May 08, 2007 8:49 pm 
LTTE threat to Indian nuclear plants?

Tuesday, May 08, 2007
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A high-level meeting is being attended by Defence Minister, External Affairs Minister, NSA (National Security Advisor) and Air Chief Marshall. The special meeting is being held to assess the threat from Sri Lankan Tamil rebel group, LTTE's air wing. Sri Lankan Foreign Minister had warned of a LTTE attack on Indian nuclear plants and facilities yesterday.

"There is an air threat which has a range of 200-300 nautical miles, and this range brings within it not only cities within Sri Lanka, shipping in the Indian Ocean, but also the nuclear installations of India," Sri Lankan Foreign Secretary Dr. Palitha Kohona told a media briefing on Monday.

"And we are talking about a terrorist organisation that did not hesitate to murder the prime minister of our neighbour," he added, referring to the 1991 assassination of Rajiv Gandhi by a suspected Tiger suicide bomber. "So the possibility is always there."


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 Post subject: India decides to mobilise additional air assets
 Post Posted: Wed May 09, 2007 1:19 am 
LTTE threat: India decides to mobilise additional air assets

The meeting also decided to intensify the vigil by Naval warships deployed in the Indian Ocean, particularly using Airborne Early Warning aircraft.

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New Delhi, May 08: Government today decided to mobilise additional air assets in the south and step up surveillance following fears that LTTE could carry out aerial attacks on Indian nuclear facilities.

The decision to move more fighters and surveillance systems to the south was taken at a high-level meeting here chaired by External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee, a day after Sri Lanka said there was a possibility of LTTE conducting air attacks, sources said.

The hour-long meeting was attended by Defence Minister A K Antony, National Security Adviser M K Narayanan, Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon, Defence Secretary Shekhar Dutt, Chief of Air Staff Air Marshal F H Major and Chief of Naval Staff Sureesh Mehta.

The meeting also decided to intensify the vigil by Naval warships deployed in the Indian Ocean, particularly using Airborne Early Warning aircraft.

The meeting took stock of the defence preparedness of the country in view of the fear, they said.

The meeting came after Sri Lankan Foreign Secretary Palitha Kohona said there was a possibility of LTTE carrying out airstrikes on nuclear installations in India besides shipping interests in the Indian Ocean.

The Tamil rebels had recently carried out air attacks at Sri Lankan airports and air bases.

"There is an air threat which has a range of 200-300 nautical miles and this range brings within it not only cities within Sri Lanka, shipping in Indian Ocean but also the nuclear installations of India," Kohona said.

Noting that LTTE is a terrorist organisation that has not hesitated in assassinating former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, Kohona said "so the possibility is always there".


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