Islamic State planing to carry out attacks in India through mujahideens in 'Bengal', 'Wilayat Khurasan'

The Islamic State is planning to launch attacks in India with the help of local terror groups based in Bangladesh and Pakistan, a report said on Thursday.

Updated: Apr 14, 2016, 12:14 PM IST
Islamic State planing to carry out attacks in India through mujahideens in 'Bengal', 'Wilayat Khurasan'

New Delhi: The Islamic State is planning to launch attacks in India with the help of local terror groups based in Bangladesh and Pakistan, a report said on Thursday.

In an interview to IS' online magazine Dabiq, ‘amir’ of the terror group fighters in Bangladesh, Shaykh Abu Ibrahim al-Hanif made the revelations.

According to al-Hanif, Bangladesh, which is referred to as 'Bengal' by ISIS, is considered to be strategically important for the deadly terror group, a Hindustan Times report said.

Hanif said with the help of of Wilayat Khurasan (branch of the militant Islamist group active in Afghanistan and Pakistan), and 'Bengal', ISIS could easily carry out strike across India with the help of local mujahideens.

Last month, the US had expressed concern over the presence of dreaded Islamic State terror group in Bangladesh after the militant group claimed responsibility for several terror attacks in the country.

US President Barack Obama has said that destroying the Islamic State group remains his "top priority" at a time when the jihadist group continues to lose ground in Iraq and Syria.

Washington has led an international coalition staging airstrikes against the IS group in Syria and Iraq since September 2014, parallel to operations by the Syrian government and its ally Russia.