SL denies report of presence of Pak militants
22 August, 2013
COLOMBO: The Sri Lanka military on Wednesday denied reports that Pakistan-based militants were using Sri Lanka as a base to launch attacks on southern India. Chief of Defence Staff General Jagath Jayasuriya said that the media reports to that effect were baseless, the Colombo Gazette reported.
The Times of India reported that the Maharashtra police have received a terror alert from central intelligence agencies warning that eight militants were undergoing training in Pakistan-based camps to attack targets in south India from Sri Lanka.
Sent by the joint director of VIP Security (under the Union home ministry) in New Delhi in mid-August, the nine-page alert states that four of the terror trainees are "Punjabis and the remaining Kashmiris or Pathans".
Their "drop-off point" is expected to be around 28km off Jaffna and their target could be Mayiladuthurai or Madurai in Tamil Nadu, according to the alert, the Times of India reported. The warning asks security agencies across the country to be on high alert since the attack may come in "a few months". Following the notice's receipt, the Mumbai police have activated all their sources of information.