Indian Mujahideen, al Qaeda ganging up to attack India?
A big terror threat seems to be looming large over India with reports suggesting that the terrorist outfit Indian Mujahideen is planning to team up with the world’s most deadliest terror group al Qaeda.
Zee Media Bureau
New Delhi: A big terror threat seems to be looming large over India with reports suggesting that the terrorist outfit Indian Mujahideen (IM) is planning to team up with the world’s most deadliest terror group al Qaeda.
The startling report comes days after Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri issued his first specific guidelines for jihad and endorsed the right of militants to fight Indians in Kashmir.
While issuing the directive Zawahri urged restraint in attacking other Muslim sects and non-Muslims and in starting conflicts in countries where jihadis might find a safe base to promote their ideas.
The report further suggests that both the terror groups are in final stages to reach a deal. Only few modalities like whether the IM would be an assisting outfit of Qaeda in India or merge with the largest terror group is being worked out.
The latest move of the IM has annoyed Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), which is accused of nurturing terrorists to carry out attacks on the Indian soil.
The report also states that Yasin Bhatkal, who was arrested this August by the Indian officials from the Indo-Nepal border, has disclosed that Riyaz Bhatkal along with another IM member Mirza Shadab Beg had decided to go to Afghanistan and meet Zawhiri.
It is believed that the al Qaeda boss didn’t meet the duo personally, but sent his aide to apprise them about Zawahiri’s plans that was to attack foreigners in India.
IM co-founders and terrorists Riyaz and Iqbal Bhatkal are being "harboured" by Pakistan`s Intelligence agency ISI, the NIA told a court on Wednesday.
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) told the court that as per disclosure of arrested IM co-founder Yasin, both Riyaz and Iqbal are now residing in Pakistan and they used to communicate with each other in coded language through the Internet.
The probe agency also told the court, which extended NIA`s custody of Yasin till September 21, that as per his disclosure several foreign nationals from Pakistan and Nepal were also "involved in recruitment, financing, training and providing tactical support to the accused persons as well as other IM members who are not arrested yet."