Foreign intelligence agencies have warned India that terrorist group Lashkar-e-Taiba may be planning an attack in the country during U.S. President Barack Obama's visit in January. The latest warning comes in the wake of a deadly terrorist attack on an army-run school in the Pakistani city of Peshawar, where six Taliban gunmen killed 141 people, including 132 children.
According to sources in the Indian intelligence agencies, authorities are tracking the activities of five terror suspects, who escaped from a prison in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh in October last year, NDTV, a local media outlet, reported, adding that telephonic conversations between Lashkar-e-Taiba and terror suspects discussing a new attack have been intercepted by the authorities.
The Indian government has invited Obama as the chief guest for the country’s Republic Day celebrations in New Delhi on Jan. 26. Obama, who had last visited India in 2010, will become the first U.S. president to visit the country twice while in office.
Following the school massacre in Pakistan, the Indian government has asked all states to deploy adequate security measures at public places, including shopping malls and schools, NDTV reported.
Founded in 1990, Lashkar-e-Taiba, has been accused of launching several terrorist attacks on India, including the 2001 Indian Parliament attack and the 2008 Mumbai attacks that killed 166 people.