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Separated terrorists reunite, head for Punjab.

LAHORE, Aug. 4 -- Over 10 terrorist groups reunited on the intervention of certain high-profile jihadis belonging to various countries, sources told Daily Times, adding that the groups were earlier divided and were carrying out their activities separately. The sources said this was decided in a high-profile meeting comprising prominent jihadis and heads of small terrorists groups in mid-July in an area near Balochistan. They added that these groups had been divided for half a decade due to differences between their leaders and they had carried out several terrorist acts separately in major cities of Sindh. The sources said during the meeting, the heads of all the groups reconciled and agreed to work in collaboration with each other. They added that after their division, these small terrorist groups had carried out several other types of crimes, including kidnapping for ransom, robbery and contract killings, besides usual terrorist activities. They said that during the high-profile meeting, the terrorists also altered their modus operandi and decided to shift the strategic wings of their groups to Punjab from other parts of the country. According to the sources, these "strategic wings" would be shifted to different cities of the province, including Lahore, Faisalabad, Rawalpindi, Multan and Gujrat. In this regard, intelligence agencies have also forwarded their reports to the authorities concerned, the sources said, adding that these reports have created chaos among the authorities. In their reports, intelligence personnel have mentioned that according to the terrorists' new modus operandi, seniors of the strategic wings are trying to set up their residences in posh localities of Punjab's big cities. The terrorists would not only plan their activities in the same city, but an activist who would be carrying out a terrorist act would also reside near the target, at least a week before the activity. shahnawaz khan

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Publication:Daily Times (Lahore, Pakistan)
Date:Aug 4, 2010
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