Police find LTTE links
Spanish and Thai police investigating a gang that supplied forged
passports to al-Qaeda- linked groups have found new evidence of links to
the defeated LTTE, Spanish authorities said.
Spanish and Thai police are analyzing material seized in a joint
operation in which 10 people - eight Pakistanis, a Nigerian and a Thai
national - were arrested in the two countries, quoting Spain's Interior
Mnistry Bangkok Post reported.
The 10 are suspected of providing forged passports to organizations
linked to al-Qaeda, including the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba,
accused of plotting the attacks in Mumbai that killed 174 people in
November 2008, as well as to the Tigers.
It also said police seized forged passports, immigration documents,
fake rubber stamps, computers, mobile phones, passport photos, British
driving licences and sophisticated counterfeiting equipment in the swoop
named Operation Kampai. "An initial examination of photographs seized
has turned up evidence of the membership of some members of the
terrorist organization the LTTE."
The LTTE "has perpetrated bloody attacks, many of them by suicides,
such as that which killed the former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi
"Many of its members were based in Western countries, where they
obtained financial assistance for the organization through extortion and
drug trafficking," the Bangkok Post said.