Significant IS presence in Kerala, Karnataka: UN

United Nations, July 25

A UN report on terrorism has warned that there are “significant numbers” of Islamic State (IS) terrorists in Kerala and Karnataka, noting that the al-Qaida within the Indian subcontinent (AQIS) terror group that reportedly has between 150 and 200 militants from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Myanmar is planning assaults within the area.

The 26th report of the Analytical Support and Sanctions Monitoring Team regarding IS, al-Qaida and related people and entities stated the AQIS operates underneath the Taliban umbrella from Nimruz, Helmand and Kandahar provinces of Afghanistan.

“The group reportedly has between 150 and 200 members. The current leader of AQIS is Osama Mahmood…, who succeeded the late Asim Umar… AQIS is reportedly planning retaliation operations in the region to avenge the death of its former leader,” it stated. “One member state reported that the IS Indian affiliate (Hind Wilayah) has between 180 and 200 members.” — PTI

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