New Delhi: As per the latest United Nations report, there are a significant number of ISIS terrorists in Karnataka and Kerala. Also, there has been reportd that around 150 to 200 militants from India, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Myanmar are planning to carry out attacks in the coming days.
The 26th report of the Analytical Support and Sanctions Monitoring Team states that ISIS, al-Qaida in the Indian subcontinent are operating 150 to 200 members under the leadership of Osama Mahmood and is planning retaliation operations to avenge the death of its former leader Asim Umar.
According to the United Nations report, ISIS’s affiliate in India called Hind Waliyah has around 200 active members operating in the country and are based in Kerala and Karnataka.
In May 2019, ISIS had claimed to have established a new province in India, in a first of its kind announcement that was made by them after violent clashes with the security forces in Kashmir.
The NIA had stated that the accused from Kerala and Karnataka had floated a terrorist organisation, ‘Al Hind’, which was planning to execute terror strikes in South India. “The Bengaluru ISIS module is reportedly inspired by the Islamic State Khorasan Province (ISKP) or IS-K, which has presence in Central and South Asia,” said an official source. The NIA on 13 July had arrested two persons – Nabeel S Khatri and Sadia Anwar Sheikh — from Pune, who are allegedly associated with the ISKP and were reportedly in touch with a Kashmiri couple — Jahanzeb Sami Wani and his wife Hina Bashir Beigh — who were arrested by the NIA in March this year from Delhi.
The federal agency, in the charge sheet, had stated that ‘Al Hind’ was founded in April 2019 from the house-cum-office of an accused, Mehboob Pasha, in Bengaluru with the objective of carrying out terror attacks in South India and for establishing the Islamic Khilafat in India. “‘Al Hind’ is reportedly ‘Hind Wilaya’, which finds mention in the United Nations report,” the counter-intelligence officer added.
2 KERALA MEN BEHIND GURDWARA ATTACK
On 25 March, the ISKP, or IS-K, had executed a terror attack on a Gurdwara in Kabul, killing 27. Muhammed Muhsin alias Khalid al-Hindi and Sajid Kuthirummal from Kerala were reportedly behind the attack.