New Delhi: Just two days after a deadly terrorist attack at a popular
According to a report, the head of Al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) Asim Umar, issued a statement "inciting Indian Muslims to rise up and to follow the example of lone-wolves in Europe and kill administrative and police officers in
Al-Qaeda has attempted to recruit Indian Muslims for its operations over the last two years but has struggled to find good response.
US-based SITE Intelligence Group tracked the AQIS statement, putting Indian intelligence agencies on alert. Both Al-Qaeda and Islamic State (IS) have been trying to recruit Indians to carry out attacks in the country. So far, this has yielded little fruit as Indian intelligence has been cracking down on suspects assiduously. NIA and state police forces have arrested 54
Umar's exhortation to Indian Muslims to carry out attacks comes four days after the
Counter-terrorism officials feel that this the Al-Qaeda call is a cause for concern, because the organisation is competing with ISIS to recruit from
But because neither Al-Qaeda nor ISIS have made much headway in their recruitment plans, the lone-wolf strategy is being pushed forward.
Asim Umar, whose real name is Sanaul Haq, belongs to Uttar Pradesh's Sambhal and moved to