Selasa, Disember 02, 2008

Terrorists may have claimed to be from this country

PETALING JAYA: Several of the terrorists who went on a random shooting spree in Mumbai may have tried to pass themselves off as Malaysians before carrying out the attacks.

Home Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar did not discount the possibility, saying that many groups sought Malaysian documents as Malaysia was well-known as a safe and peaceful country.

Malaysian authorities are trying to ascertain if foreign reports claiming that the terrorists used a Malaysian cover are true.

The gunmen who killed 180 people were said to have had Malaysian addresses. Malaysian-issued credit cards were also found.

Syed Hamid said Malaysian authorities would assist their Indian counterparts in investigations.

Meanwhile, the 60-hour siege of Mumbai which left 180 dead was reportedly carried out after a year of extensive planning and intense training by a tightly-knit, well-financed and meticulous militant outfit.

During the training, the terrorists were taught the use of explosives and close-quarter combat, according to people who interrogated the lone captured terrorist.

The clarification:

Police to determine if Mumbai terrorists used Malaysian


PETALING JAYA: The police are ascertaining if Malaysian travel documents were used to facilitate the movements of the terrorists in the Mumbai massacre.

Home Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar, who stressed that there was no link to Malaysia in the attack, said Malaysian travel documents were much sought after in the international arena because they were well-received.

This was mainly because Malaysia was a peaceful and safe country, he said,adding that its people’s passports were therefore valuable.

“That’s why we believe that syndicates like to forge Malaysian travel documents,” he said in a telephone interview last night.

He said Malaysian authorities would assist their Indian counterparts to investigate the identities of the gunmen who killed 180 people and allegedly had Malaysian addresses.

However, Malaysian Consul-General to India Wan Zaidi Wan Abdullah has dismissed the alleged Malaysian involvement in the terrorist attacks, clarifying that it was actually a fake Mauritius identity card. Syed Hamid said the police were waiting for a detailed report from India as there were conflicting reports.

“Right now, there is nothing to link Malaysia with the attacks. People should stop speculating and let the Indian authorities complete their investigations,” he said.

Malaysia would give its full cooperation if requested, he said.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan said he had asked his officers to liaise with their foreign counterparts to enable police here verify the authenticity of Malaysian credit cards found at the scene.

“The cards could belong to tourists as many Malaysians go there often,” he pointed out.

In Mumbai, Wan Zaidi dismissed the alleged Malaysian involvement in the terrorist attacks as a possible mistaken identity.

He said the Times of India newspaper could have misreported that some of the terrorists had Malaysian identity cards, adding that only a fake Mauritius identity card was found.

The Times of India had earlier reported that nine of the gunmen had claimed to be Malaysian students when they visited Mumbai months ago for reconnaissance work.

“So far, we have not received any report that Malaysian documents were found and no one has asked us for our assistance,” Wan Zaidi said, adding that a full report on the matter has been sent to Wisma Putra.

Asked if any Malaysian could have been among those injured and had been admitted to
hospitals, Wan Zaidi said all 150 Malaysians had been accounted for.

Source: The Star Online

The misunderstanding seems to have started from the live news where the reporter said MAURITIUS, it was garbled and many mis-heard it as MALAYSIA.

However, all later reports in print have shown that the ID card was from MAURITIUS.

So there.

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