Intelligence intercept confirms Jehadi threat to oil reserves

published on November 17, 2006

Terrorist threat to Indian oil reserves, indicates intelligence intercept

An Intelligence Bureau intercept of a message is reported to have indicated plans of the alQaeda striking at Indian oil reserves. Though the intercept specifically refers to the Pakistani Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) planning the attacks in tandem with the al Qaeda, a top-level meeting decided not to share the information for the moment with the visiting Pakistan Foreign Secretary, according to Kashmir Times. 

National Security Advisor M. K. Narayanan held a high-level review meeting of the oil sector in New Delhi to share with the chiefs of the public sector and private oil companies the information about the threat to the oil reserves, particularly in the coastal regions of Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh at Jamnagar and Visakhapatnam. A 9-page report on precautionary steps to be taken to foil any such attack, prepared by the National Security Council Secretariat was circulated at the meeting.

Narayanan also told the meeting that the Intelligence Bureau has been asked to quickly draft a policy on the oil sector security. Though the intercept talks of only the oil reserves, the meeting was told that security measures will also have to be stepped up to protect the oil pipelines and major oil depots as any strike on them has potential to disrupt supplies affecting the economy. 

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