The Islamic State, the Indian Sub-Continent & its Neighbourhood

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Re: The Islamic State, the Indian Sub-Continent & its Neighbourhood

Postby A_Gupta » 18 May 2019 08:32

Tuan wrote:Nevermind, I found this link instead.

ISIS claims it has established a new “province” in India
https://qz.com/1617113/isis-claims-it-h ... -in-india/


Probably means Pakistan. AFAIK, Pakistan is part of "Hind" in Arabic; and Pakistanis are "Hindu Muslims". We might take "Hindu" to refer to religion; but again, AFAIK, "Hind" is a geographic tag.

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Postby SSridhar » 18 May 2019 22:01

Nine more militants nabbed in Indonesia - Straits Times
Indonesian police have arrested nine more militants in connection with a plot to strike during the ongoing election period.

Those nabbed include six men who had returned home after travelling to the Middle East to join the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

National police spokesman Mohammad Iqbal yesterday said the suspects, aged between 24 and 45, are from a Jemaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD) terrorist cell in Central Java.

The JAD is a local militant network whose leaders have pledged allegiance to ISIS.
Its members have mounted attacks on Indonesian soil in the name of the extremist group, which is also known as Daesh.

The nine men were rounded up by Indonesian counter-terrorism police Detachment 88 across East Java and Central Java on Tuesday.

The latest arrests follow intelligence reports of possible terrorist attacks at the release of the presidential election results next week.

Inspector-General Iqbal said there were indications the suspects were planning an amaliyah, or mission, using bombs on May 22 when the elections commission will announce the official vote count.

The senior police official yesterday also urged people not to gather to protest en masse in public. "It is going to be dangerous because they will attack the masses, as well as the authorities, with bombs," he added.

Voters in Indonesia went to the polls on April 17 to elect a president as well as their parliamentarians and local leaders.

Indonesian national police spokesman Muhammad Iqbal (centre) shows the evidence seized in the arrest of suspected militants during a press conference at the police headquarters in Jakarta, Indonesia, on May 17, 2019.

The incumbent Joko Widodo is poised to be declared the winner of the presidential election, but mass protests by supporters of his only challenger, Mr Prabowo Subianto - who has refused to concede the race - are expected once the official results are out.

The police said earlier that they may have uncovered a plot by militants to set off bombs during street rallies expected to be held in the days ahead.

Nine other suspects with several homemade bombs and bomb-making materials in Bekasi and Lampung, among other places, were arrested last week.

Police Brigadier-General Dedi Prasetyo said on Thursday that unlike the suspects who were arrested earlier, the group nabbed on Tuesday had more field experience.

Six successfully travelled to join ISIS in Syria, where they took part in the conflict between 2013 and 2017, while another was intercepted en route by Turkish security forces and deported to Indonesia, twice.


"This means the perpetrators who were arrested (on Tuesday) have the experience, the ability, and are more militant than the perpetrators captured previously in Bekasi and Lampung," added Brig-Gen Dedi.

More than 32,000 troops are being deployed in Jakarta to beef up security in the capital ahead of the announcement of the election results.

The police said that aside from securing the elections, the ramping up of counter-terrorism operations was also aimed at preventing attacks during Ramadan.

This has become standard operational procedure in Indonesia following a suicide bombing in Solo on the eve of Idul Fitri in 2016.

Insp-Gen Iqbal said a total of 68 terror suspects have been detained during raids by Detachment 88 since January.

The recent arrests in Indonesia came hot on the heels of a series of raids against ISIS-linked terrorists in neighbouring Malaysia, stoking fears of a resurgence of terror cells across the region.

The latest analysis of counter-terrorism trends published on Thursday by the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies noted that the territorial defeat of ISIS has shifted the epicentre of violence from Iraq and Syria to countries with an active presence of ISIS-linked cells or other insurgents or terrorists.

"The return of segments of these foreign terrorist fighters indicates an escalation of threats in their home countries as they come armed with operational skills and could possibly regroup, establish local cells and engage in violence," said the report.

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Re: The Islamic State, the Indian Sub-Continent & its Neighbourhood

Postby SSridhar » 20 May 2019 14:28

Islamic State militants riot in Tajik prison, 32 killed - Reuters
Three prison guards and 29 inmates have been killed in a high-security prison in Tajikistan after convicted Islamic State militants started a riot, the Central Asian nation's Justice Ministry said on Monday.

The ministry said the riot broke out late on Sunday in the prison in the city of Vakhdat, 10 km east of the capital Dushanbe, as militants armed themselves with knives and killed three guards and five fellow prisoners.

One of the instigators of the riot was Bekhruz Gulmurod, a son of Gulmurod Khalimov, a Tajik special forces colonel who defected to Islamic State in 2015 and, according to the ministry, has since been killed in Syria.

Security forces have killed 24 militants and restored order in the prison which has 1,500 inmates
, the ministry added.

Islamic State, which at one point controlled large swathes of land in Syria and Iraq but has now lost its strongholds, claimed responsibility for another Tajik prison riot last November, which followed a deadly attack by its followers on Western tourists in July 2018.

There has been a spate of IS violence in several Asian states in the last few weeks.

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Postby SSridhar » 21 May 2019 07:18

NIA raids 10 Tamil Nadu places over suspected IS links - ToI
In an operation that began early on Monday, National Investigation Agency (NIA) sleuths searched the houses of 10 men, of whom nine were arrested last year, for suspected links with Islamic State (IS) and forming a group called ‘shahadat (martyrdom) is our goal’.

Sources said the NIA team seized several “incriminating” materials.

The nine accused were arrested from different parts of Tamil Nadu in April 2018 for raising funds to procure arms. While one man is absconding, the others were later released on bail. The NIA teams searched the houses of the accused in Muthupet in Tiruvarur district, Keelakkarai and Devipattinam in Ramanathapuram district, Lalpet in Cuddalore district and Salem district.

An NIA release said the teams seized three laptops, three hard disks, 16 mobile phones, eight SIM cards, two pen drives, five memory cards and one card reader, two knives and several digital devices.

The devices will be forensically examined for videos or content pointing to a link between IS modules based in India, particularly Tamil Nadu and Kerala, and any of the attackers behind the Easter Day bombings in Sri Lanka.

Accused conspired to help jailed terrorists escape, push IS ideology

Chennai: NIA had conducted similar raids on three radicalized youngsters from Kasaragod and Palakkad in April. One of the three men, who were allegedly in touch with members of an IS module who had earlier migrated to an IS-controlled territory in Afghanistan, was later arrested. Investigators are also looking for the suspects’ links with Zahran Hashim, one of the bombers in Sri Lanka.

Late last year, NIA in searches carried out in connection with ISIS Coimbatore module had found speeches of Zahran Hashim’s videos on the devices seized. This had led the agency to alert the intelligence agencies which further gathered inputs and got whiff of the IS-inspired plot to carry out terror attacks in Sri Lanka. The intelligence was shared with Sri Lankan authorities through three alerts, with the last one sent hours before the attacks.

In April-May2018, nine of the10 accusedin the Keelakkarai case were arrested on charges of hatching a conspiracy to cause communal disharmony and forming a terrorist gang raising funds, procuring arms and preparing to commit terror acts. While one man is absconding, the others were later released on bail. The agency said the 10 men from different parts of the state formed a WhatsApp group called ‘Shahadat is our goal’. They had conspired in Keelakkarai to procure arms and raise funds to wage an armed struggle, to facilitate the escape of terrorists from prisons and to propagate the IS ideology.

The Keelakarai police booked them under various sections of IPC, Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 and Arms act in April last year. They arrested nine of them, including the leader of the gang A Sheik Dawood, 32, from Periyapattinam in Ramanathapuram district. Police busted the terror gang when they detained a member of the gang, M Mohammed Rifas, 37, a Sri Lankan Tamil. Police stumbled upon the gang while investigating the attack on a BJP functionary in Ramanathapuram district.

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Re: The Islamic State, the Indian Sub-Continent & its Neighbourhood

Postby ramana » 22 May 2019 01:38

SSridhar wrote:NIA raids 10 Tamil Nadu places over suspected IS links - ToI
In an operation that began early on Monday, National Investigation Agency (NIA) sleuths searched the houses of 10 men, of whom nine were arrested last year, for suspected links with Islamic State (IS) and forming a group called ‘shahadat (martyrdom) is our goal’.

Sources said the NIA team seized several “incriminating” materials.

The nine accused were arrested from different parts of Tamil Nadu in April 2018 for raising funds to procure arms. While one man is absconding, the others were later released on bail. The NIA teams searched the houses of the accused in Muthupet in Tiruvarur district, Keelakkarai and Devipattinam in Ramanathapuram district, Lalpet in Cuddalore district and Salem district.

An NIA release said the teams seized three laptops, three hard disks, 16 mobile phones, eight SIM cards, two pen drives, five memory cards and one card reader, two knives and several digital devices.

The devices will be forensically examined for videos or content pointing to a link between IS modules based in India, particularly Tamil Nadu and Kerala, and any of the attackers behind the Easter Day bombings in Sri Lanka.

Accused conspired to help jailed terrorists escape, push IS ideology

Chennai: NIA had conducted similar raids on three radicalized youngsters from Kasaragod and Palakkad in April. One of the three men, who were allegedly in touch with members of an IS module who had earlier migrated to an IS-controlled territory in Afghanistan, was later arrested. Investigators are also looking for the suspects’ links with Zahran Hashim, one of the bombers in Sri Lanka.

Late last year, NIA in searches carried out in connection with ISIS Coimbatore module had found speeches of Zahran Hashim’s videos on the devices seized. This had led the agency to alert the intelligence agencies which further gathered inputs and got whiff of the IS-inspired plot to carry out terror attacks in Sri Lanka. The intelligence was shared with Sri Lankan authorities through three alerts, with the last one sent hours before the attacks.

In April-May2018, nine of the10 accused in the Keelakkarai case were arrested on charges of hatching a conspiracy to cause communal disharmony and forming a terrorist gang raising funds, procuring arms and preparing to commit terror acts. While one man is absconding, the others were later released on bail. The agency said the 10 men from different parts of the state formed a WhatsApp group called ‘Shahadat is our goal’. They had conspired in Keelakkarai to procure arms and raise funds to wage an armed struggle, to facilitate the escape of terrorists from prisons and to propagate the IS ideology.

The Keelakarai police booked them under various sections of IPC, Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 and Arms act in April last year. They arrested nine of them, including the leader of the gang A Sheik Dawood, 32, from Periyapattinam in Ramanathapuram district. Police busted the terror gang when they detained a member of the gang, M Mohammed Rifas, 37, a Sri Lankan Tamil. Police stumbled upon the gang while investigating the attack on a BJP functionary in Ramanathapuram district.



I underlined the relevant parts.
Keelakarai police booked 10 people and arrested nine of them under various provisions of IPC and UAPA, and Arms Act in April 2018 i.e. one year ago. Some of them are not even Indian citizens.
And in four districts.
How did the magistrate give bail to these nine people?
And then the attack on BJP member in Ramanthapuram happens and later the Easter Sunday bombings happen.
The same nine people homes are raided now.
What offence is non bailable in TN courts?

What was the judge thinking? And what is his name?

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Re: The Islamic State, the Indian Sub-Continent & its Neighbourhood

Postby Kati » 26 May 2019 00:34

(Not sure if this is the right thread, but sharing anyway ...)

Bangladesh has stopped issuing visas to Pakistanis
https://www.khaleejtimes.com/internatio ... omatic-row

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Postby asbchakri » 26 May 2019 02:58

Kerala coast on high alert after 15 ISIS terrorists allegedly set off from Sri Lanka towards Lakshadweep

https://zeenews.india.com/india/kerala- ... 06523.html.

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Postby SSridhar » 26 May 2019 07:40

More info regarding the above - The Hindu
The Kerala police have sounded a coastal alert following an intelligence report that 15 people with ties to the Islamic State (IS) have left Sri Lanka in a “white boat” bound for the Lakshadweep and Minicoy islands, 400 km off Kochi.

In a May 23 communiqué to his officers, Additional Director-General of Police, Coastal Security, Tomin Thachankery said the group had started its journey under “mysterious circumstances”. He directed the heads of 72 police stations that dot the 580 km coastline to step up vigil against any possible intrusion by “non-native” boats.

Mr. Thachankery asked his officers to maintain “extreme vigilance” and alert fisherfolk and residents. He ordered his officers to patrol the shoreline intensively.

A senior officer said various agencies had generated the intelligence from “written and visual claims,” with a “high” probability that the information could be “definitive”. But the police were tight-lipped about their sources.

In Thiruvananthapuram, police carried out inspections at lodges and hotels to ensure that no unknown person had checked in.

At Vizhinjam, where work is apace on a new port, police commandeered fishing boats and patrolled the coast in the company of fishermen. In harbours and fish landing centres across Kerala, the police have been verifying the identity of berthed vessels. They have also enlisted the help of boat owners to alert fishermen already at sea.

The Coast Guard and Navy had also been alerted through official channels, police officials said.

Separately, the State police said they were waiting for a detailed advisory from the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to determine whether the perpetrators of the bombings in Sri Lanka had sympathisers in Kerala.

Last month, the NIA had arrested a 29-year-old man from Palakkad on suspicion of having plotted a suicide bombing in Kerala.

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Postby SSridhar » 26 May 2019 14:55

Wickremesinghe vows to stop Islamic State terrorism raising its head again in Lanka - PTI
Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has vowed to take security measures to prevent Islamic State (IS) terrorism raising its head again in the country as he appealed people not to support extremism or religious fanaticism.

The premier after meeting with a group of representatives of civil societies and trade union collective at Temple Trees on Saturday said the security forces and police have been able to apprehend everyone involved in the Easter Sunday attacks that killed 258 people, the Colombo Page reported.

"But this doesn't mean that this is the end of this type of terrorism. We now have to take certain measures of counterterrorism to ensure that the country will not face terrorism again," he cautioned.

He said the government is discussing the counterterrorism measures that are being taken, with the country still on edge after the attacks on three hotels and three churches that were blamed on a local jihadi group, the National Thowheeth Jama'ath (NTJ). The Islamic State group has also claimed a role in the attacks.

"We have also had the help of the Muslim community in bringing about many changes and suggestions - Madrasa education bill not allowing sharia universities, ensuring name boards in only the three national languages," the premier said.

Civil societies and trade union representatives inquired the prime minister on the political and institutional responsibilities which have failed to prevent the Easter Sunday attacks and also on the security situation in the country after the attacks.

The premier responded, saying the parliamentary select committee (PSC) has been appointed to investigate the issue.

He pointed out that the attacks in Sri Lanka is one instance that the ISIS did not have the support of the local Muslim community for their actions and that should be maintained.

Prime Minister Wickremesinghe requested not to drive people to extremism by supporting religious fanaticism and racism.

"We must maintain it that way and not allow extremism to come in, racial and religious hatred to come in, whereby driving some people to the other side," he said.

Christians make up 7.6 per cent and Muslims 10 per cent of mainly Buddhist Sri Lanka.

The prime minister said the government will appoint a resident committee of parliament to look into all the incidents and circumstances surrounding the Easter bomb blasts.

Wickremesinghe said a methodology will be devised preventing Islamic State (IS) terrorism to raise its head again in the country by safeguarding the law and order of the country.

He also said that the Speaker has agreed to open the proceedings through the media in order for people to gain access to the activities of the PSC.

"Today we have taken all the measure to restore law and order. We've been able to observe Ramadan, We've been able hold prayers, Sunday Mass, and Vesak Poya has been observed very, very successfully," he said.

He said schools have started and life is getting back to normal. the security forces and police have been able to apprehend everyone involved in the attacks and detained while legal proceedings are yet to be decided by the Attorney General.

"But this doesn't mean that this is the end of this type of terrorism. We now have to take certain measures of counterterrorism to ensure that the country will not face terrorism again," the Premier cautioned adding that the government is discussing the counterterrorism measures that are being taken and being presented.

"We have also had the help of the Muslim community in bringing about many changes and suggestions - Madrasa education bill not allowing sharia universities, ensuring name boards in only the three national languages," the Premier said.

He pointed out that the attacks in Sri Lanka is one instance that the ISIS did not have the support of the local Muslim community for their actions and that should be maintained.

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Postby SSridhar » 29 May 2019 09:45

NIA team in Sri Lanka to probe IS cases
National Investigation Agency (NIA) officials are in Colombo to probe two Islamic State (IS)-related cases, which could have possible links to the April 21 Easter terror attack that killed more than 250 people.

A senior government official said a two-member NIA team was in Sri Lanka in connection with the two IS-related cases, registered by the agency in 2015 and 2018.

One of the cases was registered in October 2018 by NIA, which pertained to a “criminal conspiracy to kill some Hindu leaders of Coimbatore.” The other case was registered by NIA against an IS suspect Mohammad Naser in 2015.



Just to add,

Fifteen persons from Kasargod had joined ISIS. These 15 were known as the Kasargod module. The leader of the Kasargod module is Abdul Rashid Abdulla (aka Abu Isa). Abdulla and his wife Ayisha had travelled to Sri Lanka in February 2016 to attend classes in Islamic studies at Al-Quma Arabic College in Colombo. In fact, two other couples from India, Bestin Vincent and his wife Mariyam and Ashfaq Majeed and Shamsiya, were also there with Abdulla attending the same course. They were expelled from Sri Lanka in April 2016 for spreading IS ideology and returned to India. All of them, except Yasmeen Zahid from Patna, managed to exit the country between May 31 and July 5, 2016, and are believed to have reached Nangarhar via Oman and Iran. Yasmeen, who was intercepted at New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport while trying to leave India in July 2016, now stands convicted in the case. There is a strong suspicion that the visit of the Kasargod module to Sri Lanka was helped by the mastermind of the serial Easter Bombing of Sri Lanka (April 21, 2019), Mohamed Zahran Hashim of the salafi Sri Lankan jihadi outfit National Thowheed Jamaath (NTJ)

The first hints of Hashim’s doctrinal videos, to likely radicalise youth, emerged when Indian authorities interrogated seven members of a group whose leader, officials found, was a follower of Hashim. The men were IS sympathisers and arrested in September 2018 in Coimbatore, on suspicion that they were plotting the assassination of certain Hindu leaders in Tamilnadu, Kerala and Karnataka. These seven are known as the Coimbatore module. The NIA alerted Indian intelligence agencies which developed information on terror attacks being plotted in Sri Lanka. The intelligence was shared with Sri Lankan authorities on three different occasions, including hours before the actual bombings. Zahran Hashim of NTJ, Sri Lanka, had elucidated the concept of Al Wala Wal Bara (bonding and exclusion) in his speeches that was the favourite theme of extreme Salafis in Kerala. Police had registered a case against a Salafi preacher in Kerala for speaking on Al Wala Wal Bara after it was alleged that such hate speeches had contributed to the growth of the IS in Kerala. ‘Al Wala Wal Bara’ demands that Muslims keep a distance from “non-believers” and not have any emotional bonding with them.

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Postby SSridhar » 12 Jun 2019 11:07

2 ISJK militants killed in Shopian shootout - Peerzada Ashiq, The Hindu
Two Islamic State-J&K (ISJK) militants were killed in a pre-dawn operation in south Kashmir’s Shopian on Tuesday.

A police spokesman said the militants, Sayar Ahmad Bhat from Kulgam’s Yaripora and Shakir Ahmad Wagay from Shopian’s Awneera, were surrounded at Awneera in an early morning operation.

“During the search operation, the hiding militants fired on the search party. In the ensuing encounter, the two militants were killed and the bodies were retrieved,” said the police.

“The terrorists were inspired by IS ideology. They were wanted for their complicity in terror crimes, including attacks on security establishments,” the police added. Arms and ammunition were recovered, the police added.

Wagay, according to police records, was involved in the killing of civilian Irfan Hameed Sheikh of Zainapora.

In another operation, the security forces have cordoned off Wadoora in Baramulla’s Sopore.

“We have established contact with the militants. The operation to neutralise them is on,” the police said.

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Postby SSridhar » 15 Jun 2019 08:56

Second arrest in Coimbatore IS module case - Bharti Jain, ToI
The Islamic State-inspired terror module busted by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) following Wednesday's raids in Coimbatore, has turned out to be larger with four persons other than the six accused being questioned for being its members. On Friday, NIA made a second arrest in the case, that of accused Shiek Hidayuthullah.

Earlier on Thursday, NIA had arrested Mohammad Azarudheen, leader of the 10-member module and a Facebook friend of Sri Lankan suicide bomber Zahran Hashim. NIA on Friday said that Shiek was arrested based on the facts revealed thus far, regarding his pro-IS activities.
He is aged 38 years and is a resident of South Ukkadam locality in Coimbatore. Scrutiny of the documents from his house shows that he is also associated with proscribed terrorist organisation Student Islamic Movement of India (SIMI).

While Shiek will be produced before the special court, Azarudheen was sent to judicial custody on Thursday. NIA expects to get their police remand early next week.

NIA sources said while the nearly 10-member module was following and sharing radical content attributed to Hashim on social media, it was not really close to executing any terror attack. NIA will be sending the computer resources seized during Wednesday's raids for forensic examination, which will help it trace any links with similar IS-inspired elements in Sri Lanka, including those connected with Easter Sunday attacks.

The module - comprising around 10 men from Coimbatore who were well known to one another -is suspected to have propagated IS ideology on social media with the intention of recruiting vulnerable youth for executing terror attacks in Tamil Nadu and Kerala.

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Postby SSridhar » 18 Jun 2019 08:55

‘IS sympathisers planned suicide bombings at places of worship’ - Wilson Thomas, The Hindu
The three suspected Islamic State (IS) sympathisers arrested by the Coimbatore city police last week were allegedly planning to turn suicide bombers and target churches, temples and public places in Coimbatore, according to an FIR registered in connection with the case.

The FIR alleged that the trio had discussed launching attacks using trucks, possibly inspired by similar attacks in 2016 carried out by IS in Nice in France and in Berlin in Germany, and eliminating ‘kafirs’ (non-believers) using knives.

It also alleged that the accused — Mohammed Hussain, 25, from Ukkadam, A. Shajahan, 25, from Anbu Nagar and Sheik Safiullah, 36, from Karumbukkadai — had plans to kill personnel involved in intelligence-gathering operations. They wanted to execute such attacks “to show their might and teach others a lesson”.

The FIR said an informer had alerted the Podanur police on June 12 about the alleged IS-inspired activities of the accused. The informer had claimed that the men had praised the bombings carried out by the National Thowheed Jamath in Sri Lanka and the ‘martyrdom’ of the suicide bombers.


The FIR said the informer told the police that the trio had sourced photos and pamphlets on such attacks from foreign contacts and had been planning to sacrifice their lives by carrying out attacks in Coimbatore in the name of IS.

Following this, the police kept tabs on the activities of Hussain, Shajahan and Safiullah and found that they had been praising the terror attacks in Sri Lanka among themselves and their circle of friends. The police, the FIR claimed, found that the suspects were watching and sharing videos of jihad launched by IS against the governments in Syria and Iraq. They also translated literature related to various topics, including ‘Khawarij’, a name associated with IS fighters, into Tamil.

“Their words and actions were found to be that of religious fundamentalists. They had decided to instil fear and terror in the minds of people in the religiously volatile Coimbatore by killing those who were against jihadi ideologies and some intelligence officials. They had planned to infringe on the religious harmony in Coimbatore,” the FIR said.

The accused are currently in judicial custody.

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Re: The Islamic State, the Indian Sub-Continent & its Neighbourhood

Postby SSridhar » 20 Jun 2019 13:27

T.N. on high alert following intelligence on terror module - The Hindu
Heightened security arrangements are in place across Tamil Nadu, particularly in the western districts, following intelligence inputs from a central agency on a terror module planning to target vital installations in South India.

Police sources said a three-member cell named ‘Abu Alqital’ was formed to target upscale restaurants, places of worship, shopping malls and vital installations. The suspects, believed to be Islamic State (IS) operatives
, were active on internet-enabled voice calls and messaging platforms.

The agency noted increased cyber activity in the name of IS by way of content being posted in various cyber groups, warning of imminent terror attacks in India. These groups witnessed a steady increase in membership following the dissemination of such information, police sources told The Hindu on Wednesday.

While no specific target or location was mentioned, posts made in closed online groups spoke of the use of improvised explosive devices (IEDs), vehicles and small arms to carry out attacks. Considering the affiliation of the groups with organisations like the IS, the agency said crowded markets, places of religious congregation, tourist spots and other iconic places were among the likely targets.

‘Step up surveillance’


In view of the alerts and against the backdrop of the recent serial bomb blasts in Sri Lanka which claimed the lives of over 250 people, the State intelligence has advised commissionerates and districts to sensitise their intelligence machinery, mount surveillance on extremists or their associates, particularly radicalised youth, and take adequate precautionary measures to avert any untoward incident. The contents of a publication in Tamil on IS ideology, Jihadi literature and other sensitive information were passed on to senior police officers across the State, sources said.

Coastal patrol

Superintendents of Police in coastal districts were told to strengthen patrolling along the eastern seaboard to prevent possible infiltration by suspects involved in the blasts and the violence that followed in Sri Lanka.

Pointing out that places of worship and sensitive books were damaged in clashes between Muslims and Sinhalese at Karungal district and other areas in the northwestern province in Sri Lanka, the agency said the youth affected by the violence could attempt to escape and gain entry into India by taking the sea route.

Police and coastal security agencies were directed to enhance surveillance along the coastal belt and keep tabs on the activities of suspicious persons, besides maintaining a close watch on the movement of boats to prevent illegal ferrying, sources added.

Puzhal visit

In a related development, sources in the National Investigation Agency said that their investigators visited the Puzhal central prison here to check the details of visitors who met Muslim fundamentalists lodged there in the last two years.

“We are trying to look at the profile of visitors to check if there is any link to the serial blasts in Sri Lanka and also the threat perception to vital targets in South India, particularly certain parts of Tamil Nadu and Kerala,” a senior officer, who preferred not to be quoted, said.


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