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Home grown terror threat pretty high: Chidambaram

New Delhi: Voicing concern over threats posed by indigenous terror groups, Home Minister P. Chidambaram has said they are no longer fledgling outfits but are experts in assembling and transporting bombs.

The threat from them is pretty high, he told PTI against the backdrop of the July 13 Mumbai blasts in which 22 people were killed.

“Pretty high. They are no longer fledgling outfits. They have established several modules and they have gained expertise in assembling bombs and transporting bombs,” he said, when asked about how serious the threat from home grown terrorists like Indian Mujahideen was.

Asked whether there was a needle of suspicion pointing at IM in the recent Mumbai blasts, he said, “No. I have said they (Mumbai Police) have not shared any details and I am not in a position to share any details.”

He said the last reports he got was that Mumbai Police’s Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) has some good leads. .

“Since they have not shared any more details, I am in no position to share any details,” he said.

Asked if there are any suspects, he said, “There are good leads.”

To a question whether the July 13 blasts blotted his record, he said there have been two blasts in Pune in 2010 and in Mumbai a fortnight ago.

“Both are setbacks. Both are terrorist incidents undoubtedly. And therefore, to the extent that the Government of Maharashtra could not prevent them and to the extent that the Government of India could not help the Government of Maharashtra to prevent them, is a negative on our record as opposed to the many positives that are on record,” he said.

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