Monday, November 16, 2009

FBI Alerts India On Nuclear Terrorism Threat

NEW DELHI - Indian authorities have put security on high alert near nuclear plants and related facilities, following tips from the FBI.

New Delhi is closely following the interrogation of U.S. citizen David Headley by the FBI and has sent senior intelligence agency officials to the United States to gather more information.

Sources in the Indian Defence ministry said the FBI is providing information from the Headley interrogation on a selective basis. The high alert was sounded after it was leaned that Headley had visited states housing India's nuclear facilities.

Headley, 49, was arrested in October at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport as he prepared to board a flight to Philadelphia, intending to travel to Pakistan. The FBI also arrested Tahawwur Hussain Rana, 48, a Canadian citizen of Pakistani origin, for alleged involvement in terror activities.

There are six major nuclear energy plants operational in India: Narora in state of Uttar Pradesh, Kaiga in the state of Karnataka, Tarapur in Maharashtra state, Kalpakkam in the state of Tamil Nadu, Kakrapar in Gujarat state and Kota in the state of Rajasthan. In addition, there are research and development centers, such as Bhabha Atomic Research Centre in Trombay.

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