Al-Qaida Plans To Target Indian Armymen, Police, Hindu Groups

Terrorist outfit Al-Qaida says all who have blood of Kashmiri brothers on their hands are their targets, including army men and police personnel on duty or on leave.

Al-Qaida Plans To Target Indian Armymen, Police, Hindu GroupsIn a major shift, global terror outfit al-Qaida has turned its gaze on India and has said it will target Indian security installations and leaders of Hindu “separatist” organisations.

In a detailed document titled ‘Code of conduct for Mujahideen in the subcontinent’ the terror outfit has detailed its objectives, targets, and do’s and don’ts for members.

“All personnel of the military are our targets, whether they be in the war zone or in barracks at their bases. Even the personnel on vacation are not exempted due to their battle against implementation of sharia,” the outfit said in the new document.

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“Officers are a greater priority than soldiers. The greater is the seniority, greater is our priority to kill him. Those officers of the military who have the blood of our Kashmiri brothers on their hands are our targets,” Al-Qaida said.

Al-Qaida Plans To Target Indian Armymen, Police, Hindu GroupsUnlike in the past, the new document has several references to Kashmir. In the opening note it refers to a resident of UP’s Sambhal, Maulana Asim Umar, UP, as the ’emir’ or chief of the so-called al-Qaida in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS).

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With its intelligence wing shored up, India has said that New Delhi is keeping a close tab on the development as it comes soon after former Hizbul commander Zakir Musa floated a new outfit and openly acknowledged the support of Al-Qaida.

Sources said the most worrying part was that the outfit wants to form a new Islamic State, very much like the ISIS, its arch rival. It has invited different groups fighting in the subcontinent to pledge their allegiance to the “Islamic emirate of Afghanistan.”

Al-Qaida Plans To Target Indian Armymen, Police, Hindu GroupsThis is indicative of the Qaida trying to establish its objectives and modus operandi in a completely different manner from that of the so-called Islamic State, its arch rival.

The document mentions that the Mujahideen will not attack common Hindus, Muslims or Buddhists and also not strike places of worship. This is in sharp contrast with ISIS (or Daesh) which has been targeting mosques on priority.

A-Qaida in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) is seen as the top threat to India at present. Formed by Qaida chief Ayman al Zawahiri and Asim Umar in September 2014, the outfit is backed by Pakistan’s secret service ISI and has sleeper cells in various parts of the country.

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In December 2015, security agencies, including Delhi’s special cell, had busted several sleeper modules of the outfit across India. Umar Hyderabadi, Abu Sufiyan, Mohammed Sami and Dr Sabeel, brother of 2007 Glasgow airport bomber Kafeel, have been identified as key members. Farhatullah Ghori, suspected to be responsible for the Gujarat Akshardham attack, has also been listed as an AQIS member.

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