Terrorists being trained to carry out operations via sea: Navy chief

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Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba on Tuesday said that they have reports that terrorists are being trained to carry out various operations through the sea.

“We have reports of terrorists being trained to carry out operations in various modus operandi including through the medium of the sea,” said the Navy Chief Admiral.

Addressing a gathering of global experts, Lanba said the February 14, Pulwama attack was perpetrated by extremists that were “aided by a state” that sought to destabilise India.

The 26/11 attack was carried out by sea-borne terrorists of the Lashkar-e-Taiba who entered Mumbai and carried out a series of coordinated attacks including shooting and bombing.

The Navy chief said that the Indo-Pacific region had witnessed multiple forms of terrorism in recent years and only few countries had been spared.

However, India faced a “far more serious” version of “state-sponsored” terrorism, he said.

“We recently witnessed the horrific scale of the extremist attack in Jammu and Kashmir. This violence was perpetrated by extremists aided and abetted by a state that seeks to destabilise India,” Lanba said.

“The Indian security establishment is continuously working to address this menace,” Lanba said.

Moreover, Lanba emphasised the importance of the Indo-Pacific Region.

The naval chief’s press briefing came a day after Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa addressed a press conference in Coimbatore.