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India Uncovers Possible Airplane Hijacking Plot

A week after US Defense Secretary Gates warned that al–Qaeda groups could be trying to inflame tensions between India and Pakistan, the Indian government put its airports on high alert after receiving intelligence suggesting that a group might try to hijack an airplane.

India got the intelligence while interrogating Amjad Khwaja, a member of Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami—a Sunni extremist group based in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, involved with several attacks in India. Khwaja indicated that terrorists linked to al–Queda and Lashkar–e–Taiba would attempt to hijack an Air India or Indian Airlines flight.

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