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Al-Qaida warns of more 26/11s

Thiruvananthapuram/London, February 10
India is capable of facing any threat to its security coming from any quarter, Defence Minister A K Antony today said in wake of a warning from a top Al-Qaida commander.

“One thing I can tell you. Whatever threat coming from any quarter, our armed forces are always ready to face them,” Antony said on the sidelines of a function here.

He was replying to a question on reports about a top Al-Qaida commander warning India of more Mumbai-style terror strikes if it tried to attack Pakistan.

A top Al-Qaida commander, who was reported killed in a US drone strike last year, has appeared in a video warning India of more Mumbai-style terror attacks if it tried to attack Pakistan.

“India should know that it will have to pay a heavy price if it attacks Pakistan,” Mustafa Abu Al-Yazid, believed to be Qaida's military commander in Afghanistan and ranked behind No 2 Ayman al-Zawahiri, said in a 20-minute video in Arabic received by BBC.

Yazid, who the Pakistani military said may have been killed in fighting last August in the Bajaur tribal region, said, “The Mujahideen will sunder your armies into the ground, like they did to the Russians in Afghanistan.

Commenting on Pakistan’s demand for more information from India to complete its probe into the Mumbai terror attack, Antony said he had nothing more to add than what External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee had said on the matter. “My senior colleague Mukherjee had already made India’s position clear on the matter. He had already explained this categorically. We are one government, one voice,” he added. — PTI

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