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IM the insider helping al Qaeda?

IMThe al Qaeda is planning to launch a major attack in India. The terrorist group has announced the formation of a South Asia wing to strike across the subcontinent. It wants to turn India into a “Syria and Iraq which has been affected by violence. Intelligence agencies in the country have decrypted communications between Indian Mujahideen (IM) and al Qaeda. Agencies said they had discovered IM members were training with al Qaeda and other groups in Pakistan and Afghanistan for major attacks.

Indian security agencies said evidence they had gathered pointed to growing ties between al Qaeda and IM, a home-grown movement hitherto known for low-level attacks on local targets using relatively crude weapons like pressure cooker bombs. So far India has been spared of major violence which has been witnessed in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

At least 61 people, including 11 women and three security personnel, were killed and nearly 200 injured when a suicide attacker detonated a powerful bomb at Wagah in Pakistan on Sunday, minutes after the popular flag-lowering ceremony at the main Indo-Pak land border crossing. The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan Jamaat Ahrar group, whose leader has ties to al Qaeda has already said that the attacks were aimed at India.

“This attack is an open message to both governments across the border,” TTP-JA spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan said in an Urdu-language message. “If we can attack this side, the other side could also be attacked.”

He tweeted in English: “You (Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi) are the killer of hundreds of Muslims. We wl take the revenge of innocent people of Kashmir and Gugrat” (sic).

TTP-JA’s openly anti-Indian rhetoric differs from that of the mainstream Pakistani Taliban, who are mainly focused on their insurgency against Pakistani security forces in the volatile tribal northwest of the country.

“The thing we are looking for is how al Qaeda/ISIS tie up with local groups, especially as the drawdown takes place in Afghanistan,” said Sharad Kumar, head of the NIA (National Investigation Agency), the country`s main counter-terrorism arm.

IM has also been urged by al Qaeda to open a base in Myanmar to avenge attacks on Rohingya Muslims, said the chargesheet prepared by the NIA, which has gathered hundreds of pieces of evidence of Internet conversations and meetings between militants in India, Pakistan and Afghanistan.

A youngster who was seen wearing a t-shirt with an ISIS logo at a Muharram procession in Jharia on Wednesday has been arrested by the Jharkhand Police. The man who printed the t-shirt has also been arrested.

On 2 October 2014 an explosion occurred in a house in the Khagragarh locality of Burdwan. Two suspected Indian Mujahideen terrorists were killed and a third injured. The police seized 55 improvised explosive devices, RDX, wrist watch dials and SIM cards.

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