Terror crackdown continues, Islamic State digital warriors wanted in 7 states


Continuing its crackdown on terrorism, search operations for pro-ISIS (Islamic State) cadres were carried out Sunday morning in seven states.

The action was based on leads provided by central intelligence agencies.

According to sources, the questioning and forensic examination of the seized digital media is ongoing.

They were identified by the agency for their pro-ISIS activities in cyberspace.

Initial revelations indicated that some of them were actively involved in creating content as well as distributing the India-centric IS magazine “Voice of Hind”.

WHAT HAPPENED ON SATURDAY?

Nationwide raids were carried out on Saturday against IS supporters and cadres in an operation coordinated by central intelligence agencies to counter the threat from the terror group.

More than 25 pro-Islamic State individuals have been detained in Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Telangana, Jharkhand, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, Gujarat and Rajasthan.

Sources said those detained had been noted “for their fondness for IS and for their preparations for violent action”.

IN THE RECENT PAST

CNN-News18 reported on Tuesday that Tamil Nadu police arrested Erode-based Islamic State sympathizers Asif Mustheen and his associate Yasir Nawab John and recovered a knife, a black ISIS flag, incriminating documents and digital media devices in their possession.

According to top intelligence sources, the men had been on the agencies radar for some time.

They said Mustheen was in contact with core ISIS in Syria/Iraq and had expressed willingness to carry out a suicide bombing in India with the intention of targeting Hindus, monasteries and police stations.

In another IB operation on July 24, Bengaluru police arrested a pro-Al-Qaeda (AQ) subject based in the city, Akhtar Hussain Laskar, who is from Assam.

Based on revelations from Hussain, one of his Salem-based associates – Mohd. Juba, from West Bengal, was arrested by Tamil Nadu police.

Akhter and Juba were spreading AQ ideologies through social media platforms, the sources said. They added that the duo was in contact with various foreign (Bangladesh and Afghanistan) and India-based pro-AQ entities.

“They also intended to do the ‘hijrath’ at J&K and join the ranks of AQ for the ‘jihad’ against India,” they said.

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