Washington: The Islamic militants had targeted Bangalore during the IPL cricket matches next month, on the lines of 26/11, a leading American think-tank said on Wednesday.
Based on the intelligence information it has from various sources, Stratfor, a texas based intelligence company in its latest analysis said it received indications early on from Indian security sources that the IPL tournament was a prime target for another large-scale Islamist militant operation following the November 2008 Mumbai attacks.
"Warnings of specific threats against the players came from the governments of the states hosting matches, including Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka.
"Given that these two states respectively are home to the information technology hubs of Hyderabad and Bangalore both of which have a heavy foreign presence and are where multinational corporations doing business in India are concentrated, these states are at a particularly high risk of attack," it said.
The decision to sacrifice the IPL tournament for the sake of security was made after security agencies carried out a detailed threat scenario for the IPL tournament and national elections.
The IPL was shifted to South Africa on Tuesday due to security concerns.