| GEO World|
| Al-Qaeda warns India of new attacks|
| Updated at: 1823 PST, Tuesday, February 10, 2009|
DUBAI: A top Al-Qaeda commander thought to have died last year has released a video warning India of future terror attacks similar to those in Mumbai, the BBC reported Tuesday.
Mustafa Abu al-Yazid, an Egyptian Al-Qaeda leader based in Afghanistan, also called on the people of Pakistan to overthrow their president and government, it said.
Yazid was thought to have died in the Bajaur tribal region of Afghanistan in August when Pakistani helicopter gunships carried out an offensive in the area, a haven for Al-Qaeda and Taliban fighters.
"India should know that it will have to pay a heavy price if it attacks Pakistan," he said in the video.
"The Mujahideen will sunder your armies into the ground, like they did to the Russians in Afghanistan," he added, referring to the defeat of the Soviet army in the 1980s by US-backed Afghan fighters.
He also referred to India's "humiliation" over the Mumbai attacks, in which 10 gunmen killed 165 people during a 60-hour siege on the country's financial capital in November.
The bespectacled, bearded Yazid has been named by US officials as Al-Qaeda's commander in Afghanistan and was identified by the 9/11 Commission as the group's chief financial manager.
Yazid is said to be a close aide of Osama bin Laden's Egyptian deputy, Ayman al-Zawahiri.