Indian defense minister huddles with miltary chiefs

NEW DELHI (AP) -- India's defense minister has called together the nation's military chiefs to tell them to be prepared for terror attacks from the air and the sea.

The meeting comes in the wake of growing criticism in India of weak security, missed warnings about possible terror attacks, and a bungled response to last week's terror siege in Mumbai.

A statement says India's defense minister told the army, navy and air force chiefs they need to improve intelligence coordination so security forces can act on all credible threats. India's defense ministry is also reviewing air and maritime security.

The latest example of lax security came earlier today, whan a bag of explosives linked to last week's attacks was found at Mumbai's main train station. The militants sprayed the station with gunfire last Wednesday, but authorities reopened it and declared the busy station safe a day later. It's not yet clear why the bombs found today hadn't been discovered sooner.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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