UN report warns of ISIS presence in Kerala & Karnataka
UN report warns of significant number of ISIS terrorists in Kerala, Karnataka
A UN report has warned that there are “significant numbers” of ISIS terrorists hiding in Kerala and Karnataka. The report adds that there are more than 200 militants from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Myanmar in India. These militants are planning to conduct an attack in the Southern States of India.
The 26th report is from the Analytical Support and Sanctions Monitoring Team concerning ISIS, al-Qaida, and associated groups. The report states that al-Qaeda in the Indian subcontinent operates under the Taliban umbrella from Nimruz, Helmand, and Kandahar provinces of Afghanistan.
“The group reportedly has between 150 and 200 members from Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, and Pakistan. The members of this group have been working from Karnataka and Kerala. The current leader of AQIS is Osama Mahmood, who succeeded the late Asim Umar… AQIS is reportedly planning retaliation operations in the region to avenge the death of its former leader,” says the report.
In May last year, ISIS, ISIL, or Daesh terror group claimed to have established a new “province” in India. This was the first of its kind announcement by the terror group. The terror outfit, through its mouthpiece Amaq News Agency, had revealed the name of the new branch as “Wilayah of Hind” (India Province).