‘Significant numbers’ of ISIS terrorists in Kerala, Karnataka: UN report

United Nations, July 25

A UN report on terrorism has warned that there are “significant numbers” of ISIS terrorists in Kerala and Karnataka, noting that the al-Qaida within the Indian subcontinent terror group, which 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 ISIS, al-Qaida and related people and entities mentioned the al-Qaida within the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) operates underneath the Taliban umbrella from Nimruz, Helmand and Kandahar provinces of Afghanistan.

“The group reportedly has between 150 and 200 members from Bangladesh, India, Myanmar and Pakistan. 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 mentioned.

According to the report, “One member state reported that the ISIL Indian affiliate (Hind Wilayah), which was announced on May 10, 2019, has between 180 and 200 members.”

It mentioned there are “significant numbers of ISIL operatives in Kerala and Karnataka states.”

In May final yr, the Islamic State (also referred to as ISIS, ISIL or Daesh) terror group claimed to have established a brand new “province” in India, the first-of-its-kind announcement that got here after clashes between militants and safety forces in Kashmir.

The dreaded terror outfit, by means of its Amaq News Agency, had mentioned that the Arabic title of the brand new department is “Wilayah of Hind” (India Province).

A senior Jammu and Kashmir police officer had rejected the declare.

Prevously, ISIS assaults in Kashmir had been linked to its so-called Khorasan Province department, which was arrange in 2015 to cowl “Afghanistan, Pakistan and nearby lands”. PTI

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