IS may target Delhi during Dussehra and Diwali

New Age Online

Indian security agencies have alerted Delhi and Rajasthan police about possible terror strikes in their areas by the Islamic State during the festival season.
A special cell is now developing leads on the basis of the inputs based on the alert of Delhi Police’s intelligence unit, reports Times of India.
Intercepts suggest the attack could be carried out by a ‘lone wolf’, or a single member of the outfit. However, with the possibility of Students Islamic Movement of India members working for IS, an attack involving two-three men cannot be ruled out either.
SIMI was always known to be operating in small groups and this modus operandi was later adopted by Indian Mujahideen.
Delhi’s vulnerability has grown manifold with the merger of Islamic State and Ansar ut-Towheed, which has been voicing its plans to target India for some time. TOI has recently reported about threats being posed by these terror groups to the national capital.
An offshoot of Indian Mujahideen, Ansar ut-Towheed was launched a few years ago. It comprises jihadi elements from the Afghan-Pak region and IM operatives who had rebelled against the leadership of Riyaz and Iqbal Bhatkal to fight in Afghanistan. AuT is now throwing its weight behind IS.

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